Potentilla 'Gibsons Scarlet'


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Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (60091)

Plant details

Its serrated edged strawberry-like leaves and 2.5cm (1in) strawberry flowers in bright red, make this a favourite for informal planting. It forms a low-spreading clump that looks good in a sunny cottage garden border or raised bed where drainage is less than perfect plants are short-lived. It looks good with Hebe pimeleoides 'Quicksilver' which has pewter-coloured foliage and enjoys similar conditions. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Potentilla

Cultivar: Gibsons Scarlet

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: June to July

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