we have this shrub growing prolifically at home-
it seems to appear in new locations almost overnight
we've named it the Beer Bush because that's exactly how it smells!
needless to say, this alcoholic aroma makes it a firm favourite with Ted ;0)
intertwined with honeysuckle and roughly clipped,
it's pretty enough to form a natural hedge alongside the garden
also growing like a weed is Rose of Sharon
which does look similar but has different
leaf and root system.
I'd love some help identifying the shrub's real name. . .
thanks everyone for your comments and emails-
lovely to know the plant is Hypericum,
and as the garden is a tad gloomy
surrounded by overhanging trees
and with minimal sunlight
it's rather fitting to be "ring-fenced" by St John's Wort.
Nature really does know what she's doing!