Hypericum are a genus of about 400 species of annuals, perennials or shrubs which are noted for producing showy bright yellow flowers with a central mass of bright yellow stamens. They are one of the few plants with an almost worldwide taxonomy. Some species of Hypericum have been used since ancient times in the treatment of wounds and inflammations. Many were supposedly burned to ward off evil spirits on the eve of St. John's Day, hence the genus common name of St. John's Wort! Hypericum dummeri Peter Dummer is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and arose in 1975 at Hilliers Nursery. As so often happens, it was a chance find during a breeding trial being conducted by the then propagator, Peter Dummer. The trial was actually intended to discover the parentage of H hidcote. A lovely dwarf, mounding shrub with graceful, arching red stems that contrast beautifully against the masses of golden yellow, cup shaped flowers, with distinct darker tipped anthers, which smother this evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub from July to October, creating a wonderful, long-lasting display. The flowers open from deep orange flushed buds and are followed by bright red berries. The leaves open bronze red and turning reddish purple in winter. A great addition for the mixed or shrub border, where it will flourish in either full sun or partial shade. This plant can be used in a mixed planting or as a stand alone specimen in the garden or can easily be grown in a pot or other container. Use a good quality John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade, become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 8-9 month applied in the early spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost.