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Potentilla

Cinquefoil

Said to be useful in medicine and magic at least since the time of Hippocrates, the sun-loving Cinquefoil likes well drained soil and partial shade in hotter climates, obliges both cold and drought, and can be nestled into the rockery or atop a garden wall alongside Campanulas or Stachys.

<i>Potentilla</i> ‘Arc En Ciel’

Resplendent double layers of ruffled deep red petals showcase irregular yellow-splashed margins on slender stems above a tidy trailing herbaceous foundation. Maintaining their rich coloration, the saucy, long-blooming flowers are loosely clustered and tempered by palmate strawberry-style deep green leaves that tumble over walls, down steps or edge a border.

Blooms June–August

Size: 12" – 18" high x 12" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Hailing from the lower slopes of the Himalayas, this strong perennial is named for its vibrant saucer-shaped blood red flowers borne on widely branching leafy stems. The neatly toothed long-petioled silver-gray foliage sports silky hairs on the upper surface and a white tomentose below. Well-suited for a front or midborder location, Potentilla atrosanguinea’s good-looking bearing performs best in cool summer areas and tolerates dry conditions once established.

Blooms June–August

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

While the somewhat sprawling species traipses throughout Nepal's Himalayan Mountains, this vivacious nonshrubby cultivar makes a compact well-groomed perennial for your garden. A handsome low mound of hairy coarse-toothed strawberry-like foliage presents 1 in. wide rosy carmine flowers, each defined by a dark crimson eye and 5 heart-shaped lipstick-pretty petals on wiry branched stems. Venerating a former plant curator at the Royal Botanic Garden in Scotland, 'Ron McBeath' makes a flashy long blooming mate for Knautia 'Mars Midget' and Geranium sanguineum 'Album'.

Blooms May–August.

Size: 8" – 12" high x 15" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Don’t be surprised if you too fall under the spell of this undemanding, hearty perennial named for its sumptuously colored flowers and powerful presence. Lobed, strawberry-like, dark green foliage shapes a tidy clump beneath deep raspberry-red blooms with rich-as-velvet, ruby-black centers and bright white stamens.

Said to be useful in medicine and magic, the sun-loving Cinquefoil likes well drained soil and partial shade in hotter climates, obliges both cold and drought, and can be nestled into the rockery or atop a garden wall alongside Erysimum ‘Wenlock Beauty’.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Potentilla</i> x <i>tonguei</i>

Dramatically etched by deep red eyes, soft apricot-colored flowers roost above wide trailing clumps of lobed evergreen foliage. This long blooming charmer stays low to the ground as it scrambles between steps, spills over a border’s edge or cavorts with Helianthemum ‘St. Mary’s.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 6" high x 12" – 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Potentilla fruticosa</i> ‘Apricot Whisper’

Delicate parchment-like 5-petaled flowers awash in hushed apricot pink hues and dainty thickset dark green leaves set this compact easily grown shrub apart. Promoting fine textured appeal, an attractive flood of small narrowly divided foliage garbs the versatile twiggy visage that makes an excellent hardy choice for low hedges, foundations or mixed borders. ‘Apricot Whisper’ can handle poor, sandy or gravel-strewn soil, but dislikes hot humid areas, and appreciates a midsummer trimming.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Hailing from Wisconsin’s McKay Nursery, this rounded upright shrub debuts delicate 5-petaled, creamy white blooms from early summer ’til autumn upon an attractive, fine-textured green foil of narrow elliptical leaflets. The long-lasting pearlescent flowers coupled with close-knit deciduous foliage impart a composed classic aspect that can embellish foundations, mixed borders or en masse plantings. Undaunted by deer, cold weather, varied soil types and dry conditions, easy-care ‘Mckay’s White’ dazzles pollinators, adopts yellow and cocoa hues for fall plus appreciates a hard, late winter cutback.

Blooms June–September

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 2.

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Spring Salutations!

We’ve been drenched with nearly 60 inches of rain here at the nursery. All that moisture coupled with several warm sunny days, has turned the garden into a verdant wonderland of unfurling shoots, leaves and blossoms. The perennials photographed in this newsletter were taken this week, either in the garden or in our open-sided greenhouses.

Happy Spring and happy digging! 

 

 

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