Sure to add an autumnal vibe to arrangements is this deep red variety called Coco Tango. Read on to discover more about this failsafe filler...
From the Hypericaceae family, hypericum possibly derives its name from the Greek words 'hyper' (above) and 'eikon' (picture), as it was once hung above pictures in the home during St John's Day to ward off evil spirits. Hence its common name of St John's Wort.
Cut hypericum start out as bright yellow, star-shaped flowers in midsummer and the berries only develop after the blooms fade away in late summer.
The smooth, shiny berries, clustered on woody stems, come in an array of different colours from brown, green, white and ivory to red, pink, coral and peach. Romance and Coco are two recognised series of the plant and Coco Uno, a bright white variety, tends to be the most sought after. Look out for some of the new varieties with bigger berries, which have recently started to appear at the Flower Market. And the leaves? Well, in fact, some of them have a slightly spicy scent!
With a good vase life, hypericum is more or less available all year round and you'll find it in wraps of either 10 or 25 stems.
Hypericum androsaemum Cool Romance
Hypericum Coco Uno
Hypericum androsaemum Ivory Flair
Hypericum Coco Casino
Hypericum inodorum Magical Pink Giant
Hypericum Coco Lipstick
Hypericum androsaemum Sweet Romance
Hypericum androsaemum Tomato Flair
Hypericum Coco Tango
Hypericum Coco Grando
Hypericum androsaemum True Romance
Hypericum Coco Bamboo
Hypericum inodorum Magical Green Power
Hypericum androsaemum Selva Romance
Other varieties which are sometimes available at Nine Elms include Magical Pink Fall (pink) and Magical Passion (red).
Use hypericum to add interest and texture to hand-tied bouquets, vase arrangements, napkin decorations, pew ends, buttonholes, corsages, chairbacks and candelabra designs. Perhaps choose the red and brown varieties for autumnal designs and use the white, ivory and lime green to add freshness to a spring arrangement.
Here are some examples of beautiful floral creations featuring hypericum...
(Source: Petal to the Metal)
(Source: Wild at Heart)
(Source: Wild About)
(Source: Paul Thomas Flowers)
(Source: Joanne Truby Floral Design)
(Source: Bloom + Burn)
(Source: Mary Jane Vaughan)
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I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's florist's guide. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you...
P.S. If you're looking for alternative berries to add to a design, check out last autumn's A florist's guide to rose hips, berries and seed heads.