Potentilla 'Gibson's Scarlet'

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Sumptuous simple red strawberry flowers on long spreading wands and bright-green leaves make this almost-edible perennial a star in shade with ferns

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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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 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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    Dear sir/madam I am particularly interested in buying the Red Summer Pre Designed Border. Please can you tell me whether these plants are suitable for planting in conjunction with weed inhibiting fabric. I want to minimise the amount of weeding required. Many thanks for your help Ruth
    Asked on 6/22/2009 by Ruth Hamilton

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      Hello Ruth, You can plant these into the weed supressing fabric without any trouble at all, provided you make sure the fabric allows the water to drain through. All you need to do is cut big crosses into the fabric and peel back the edges to plant and then fold back the edges again. I hope this helps.

      Answered on 6/23/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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