Golden Rule® St. John's Wort

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Petite and colorful new Hypericum! Shady gardens are typically hard spots to landscape, especially if you want anything with bright-colored leaves. Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Golden Rule® St. John's Wort (Hypericum calycinum 'NCHCI') solves that problem and many others! The oval leaves emerge soft orange and buttery yellow before turning to chartreuse-green until fall!

All summer, enjoy the same sunshine yellow blossoms that bees and butterflies adore! Lighting up the shade with their radiance, the foliage holds its own against this display and there is no gloomy dappled shade that won't benefit! Each darling whirled yellow flower has a shower of golden sparks erupting from its center!

Staying that chartreuse green for the rest of the growing season, this flowering ornamental plant is ideal for small gardens! St. John's Wort makes itself right at home, even spreading out a little to form small colonies! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 8 and grows into a tidy and space-saving 12 - 18 Inches tall and 12 - 24 Inches wide.

St. John's Wort is also a beneficial herb and has long been used to relieve everything from anxiety and depression to inflammation. While we don't recommend using landscaping Hypercum medicinally, just the sunny blooms, vibrant color, and the sheer amount of butterflies that arrive are sure to lift your spirits!

Planting and Application:

This is an excellent groundcover subshrub for shady areas and wilderness gardens! Line the back of your property without worry that deer will come knocking! Only swarms of native bees, beneficial insects, and butterflies! St. John's Wort fits right into your landscape! Both large and small gardens, containers and planters, and bridges the transition between the yard and the woods, taming the wildness and filling an area with little rays of sunshine!

Golden Rule® St John's Wort's short, spreading nature is great when used as the front of a shady border. You could also let it ramble between other plants in the bed - it gets so thick it will choke out weeds. Though it takes sun, too much will be hard on the leaves and they may burn, so chose your site carefully.

For xeric sites and Rock Gardens in the dappled shade, Golden Rule® lights up hard to mow hillsides, as erosion control on streambanks and slopes. Lovely edging en masse and facer plants, this brightly colored flowering shrub adds pops of color anywhere in the landscape! Mixed-shrub borders, the back garden bed, and informal hedges are perfect spots for St. Johns Wort to roam! Alternately, Golden Rule® brings a polite 'scruffiness' to a formal planting bed as well as fitting in perfectly in informal country borders.

  • Yellow Flowers All Summer!
  • Beautiful Golden Yellow & Orange Foliage
  • Small Dense Shrub
  • Butterfly & Bee-Friendly & Floral Design
  • Winter Interest & Reddish-Brown Seed Pods
  • Spreading Naturalizing, Living Groundcover, Specimen & Shade Garden Color

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Loving the full sun, these easily tolerate part shade and dappled sun areas. Hypericum doesn't have much preference for soil type, they do prefer rich, sandy loams. Just be sure to provide well-drained soils since they cannot tolerate wet feet! A generous layer of mulch retains moisture and insulates the root system from heat and winter's chill. St. John's Wort blooms on new wood, so prune while dormant to control the size and shape however, these really do their best in locations where they're allowed to be themselves. Golden Rule® is deer and pest resistant, too. Combine that with little need to prune and you've got a top-notch shade plant on your hands.

  • Full Sun in Cooler Zones, Part Sun in Warmer Zones
  • Vigorous Growing Deciduous Flowering Shrub
  • Needs Well-Drained Soil & Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Deer Seldom Bother It, Pest & Disease & Salt-Resistant

This plant firmly believes in following the golden rule and beyond! Gain a selfless little plant that gives back more than it takes when you order the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Golden Rule® St. John's Wort! This is a great plant for that shady spot in your garden that needs a little lighting up! Order yours at Nature Hills!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Golden Rule® St. John's Wort Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hypericum calycinum 'NCHCI'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 18 Inches
Mature Spread 12 - 24 Inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Orange/Yellow/Chartreuse
Fall Color Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant