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Potentillas

Potentilla fruticosa

Enduring flowering pleasure, versatility and minimal care - that's what the Potentilla fruticosa, also known as shrubby cinquefoil or bush cinquefoil, stands for.

   
 
Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Abbotswood'

Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood'

From £10.90 *

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Dakota Sunspot'

Potentilla fruticosa 'Dakota Sunspot' has golden yellow flowers from June to October

From £9.90 *

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Goldfinger'

Potentilla fruticosa 'Goldfinger'

£4.40 *

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Goldteppich'

Potentilla fruticosa 'Goldteppich'

£4.40 *

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Mango Tango'®

Potentilla fruticosa 'Mango Tango'

£9.90 *

No image available Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Marian Red Robin'

Potentilla fruticosa 'Marian Red Robin' has a spherical habit and red flowers

£16.40 *

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Pink Beauty'®

Potentilla fruticosa 'Pink Beauty' has light to dark pink flowers that appear from June...

£9.90 *

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Princess'

Potentilla fruticosa 'Princess'

£4.40 *

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Red Ace'

Potentilla fruticosa 'Red Ace' has red flowers from June to October

From £9.90 *

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Red Robin'

Potentilla fruticosa 'Red Robin'

£4.40 *

   
 

More useful information about Potentillas

The easy to care for and the intense luminosity of the cup-shaped flowers make the Potentilla fruticosa shrub very popular in the garden. In the Lubera® Garden Shop, you will find a hand-picked selection of these plants in many colours and heights. The typical flower of the small shrub is bright yellow, but the enchanting flowers also shine in white, pink or red. The colourfulness knows no rest and extends from the beginning of June to October. This plant can be used as a ground cover or as a hedge plant - but Potentilla fruticosa is also very good as a decorative eye-catcher in its own right.

Potentilla fruticosa from Lubera garden shop

These shrubs are very resistant - heat, rain and frost do not bother them much. Depending on the variety, they grow to a height of 50 to 130 centimetres. Take a look at our Lubera assortment: larger and higher varieties such as 'Pink Beauty' or 'Abbotswood' are suitable as solitary plants as well as for hedges, as border plants or for greening areas. This group also includes the undemanding variety 'Goldfinger' with fine, finger-shaped, feathery leaves. Medium tall varieties such as 'Red Ace' (in bright red) or 'Dakota Sunspot'® (golden yellow) as well as 'Red Robin' (orange-red) blend in very well in perennial beds and borders, but also look fantastic in larger groups or as ground cover.

The right location

The preferred location of the Potentilla fruticosa is full sun, but it also thrives very well in a light shade. If the location does not have a tendency to waterlogging, our shrubby cinquefoil thrive in almost any soil. It should be low in nutrients and slightly acidic to slightly alkaline (if the soil is too calcareous, the plant will show an iron deficit). Especially after planting, dryness should be avoided, but once the plant is established, it are also well resistant to temporary drought.

Planting

These shrubs can be planted in the frost-free period, but very hot weather phases should be avoided so that the plants can start to grow well. As with all young plants, it is worthwhile to break open the root balls well, sometimes even to tear them open, just before planting, in order to force the roots to take root immediately into the new soil.

Planting distance

A rough rule of thumb for group plantings is this: plant three Potentilla fruticosa per linear metre for a border or low hedge - for higher-growing varieties, the distance can be about 40 cm. For use as ground cover, plant four to six plants per square metre.

Care and fertilising

Our Potentilla varieties are absolutely hardy; they need no winter protection and start fresh and happy growing into spring even after the coldest winter. When used as ground cover or hedge plants, you are often surprised how quickly they turn green again in the spring and how fast they start flowering. Caring for them is very easy. In very humus-rich soils, fertilisation can be done without completely. Fertiliser can be applied only once in the spring, which is recommended for very poor soils. Pests are very rare in these plants.

Pruning

Over time, the shrubs will get bare from below and only flower on the new shoots. Thus regular pruning is recommended. To promote flowering, these plants should be cut in autumn after flowering or in early spring. For planting in large areas, we recommend a simple total pruning to 10 cm above ground level. When planting hedges or small groups of shrubs in perennial beds, the upright, medium-high shrubs should be thinned out by cutting the oldest shoots (altogether approx. 30% of all branches) completely back to a stub in order to create space and light for new growth and thus the basis for even more flowers. If you buy one of these shrubs, you do not necessarily have to wear gloves when pruning: they are non-toxic.

 

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