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Potentilla 'Gibson's Scarlet' (Cinquefoil)

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Potentilla 'Gibson's Scarlet' (cinquefoil)

Potentilla 'Gibson's Scarlet' (Cinquefoil)


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Position: full sun
Soil: poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: June to August
Hardiness: fully hardy
Long sprays of bright scarlet, saucer-shaped flowers with bright yellow anthers appear all summer long above clumps of pretty, strawberry-like leaves. This low-growing deciduous shrub is a perfect front-of-border plant for a bold planting scheme based on 'hot' colours. Given a sunny, well-drained site, it's easy to grow, producing a succession of flowers from June to August, although it will also brighten up a partially shady spot in the garden. Garden care: Lift and divide large clumps in autumn or spring. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.

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