Garden Plants, How and where to grow them - Flowering Shrub

Shrubby Cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa - Shrub

Flowers that resemble wild roses from late spring to mid autumn above mounds of small, dark green leaves. A range of colours from white through pinks to deep red, also yellows, pale primrose to bright acid yellow.


It makes for an unusual and delightfully informal long-flowering hedge, or is equally good as an inclusion into a mixed border. Compact and rounded in habit, although it will tolerate partial shade it flowers best in full sun.

  • Height and spread: 1m x 1.5m (3ft x 5ft)
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil, doesn't like wet
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to October
  • Flower colour: bright yellow, also primrose yellow, and a range of reds and pinks
  • Other features: mounds of small, dark green leaves
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Uses: Hedging / mixed border
  • Planting distance when used for hedging: 30-45cm, 18-24"
  • Clipped height: 0.6-1.2m, 2-4ft
  • Number of times to clip per season and when: 1, spring
  • Pruning: Mid spring after flowering, trim in autumn also if required. There is a tendency to retain old twiggy shoots, remove these to retain a compact dense growth, also shorten long wayward shoots by up to a half of their length.
  • Responds to renovation?: Not usually, sometimes responds to renovation if cut back to about 15cm, 6" of the ground, if not then replace the plant.


Photo credits: (numbering left to right top to bottom) 1-AfroBrazilian - Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. / 2-Agnes Monkelbaan - Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. / 3-Jamain - Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. / 4-Jamain2 - Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. / 5-Public domain

 


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