Common name: None
These shrubs originate from the Mediterranean region and are closely related to Cistus and Helianthemum. They have a dwarf habit, making them ideal candidates for the front of aor perhaps on a large rock garden.
The most popular is Halimum ocymoides (AGM), which has a free-flowering habit, growing to around 60cm (24in). The leaves are narrow and grey-green. The early summer bright yellow blooms, each 2.5cm (1in) across, have distinctive chocolate blotches at the base of the petals, ‘Susan’ (AGM) has a more compact habit, with slightly larger leaves and the same handsome.
Another species that is hardy in mild districts is Halimum lasianthum (AGM). This grows to 90cm (36in) in height, and produces golden-yellow flowers with a purple-brown blotch. ‘Concolor is very similar, the clear yellow flowers lacking the blotches.
Soil type Prefers a good, but light.
Planting Choose a sunny spot in a sheltered position. Set out in the autumn or spring.
Propagation Cuttings around 7cm (3in), with a heel, should be taken in early to mid-summer
Pests and diseases Usually no problems.