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  • cinquefoil
  • Eventual height: 0.4m
  • Eventual spread: 0.6m

Potentilla 'Gibson's Scarlet'

cinquefoil

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit Perfect for pollinators
9cm pot £5.99
9cm pot £5.99
3 × 9cm pots £17.97 £15.00
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This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • 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 perennial 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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