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White Potentilla
Potentilla fruticosa
​​ Ease of care, the long flowering period, and versatility combine to make the Potentilla fruiticosa varieties, nice shrubs to include in the summer garden. Use Potentillas for long blooming seasonal color. I like the fact that they provide garden color for the better part of five months.
 
 Flowers: the showy buttercup-like flowers provide a colorful summer display from as early as June and they will often continue flowering until October. Although the plants are never really loaded with flowers, they never the less provide a nice continual flower display all summer long. Flowers range in shades from white, to light and dark yellow, orange to red.
 
 The flowers are not only attractive in the garden, the branches can be cut and used for indoor summer flower arranging.
 
 Foliage: leaves are generally rather small, divided, and have a fine-to-medium texture, making an excellent background for the summer flowers. Leaf color varies in color, by varieties, from light to medium green, to almost gray-green. Since this is a deciduous shrub, the leaves fall-off in the autumn, after turning a golden yellow.
 
 Uses in the landscape: Actually Potentillas are quite versatile shrubs. The lower growing varieties are suitable as ground cover plants, while the taller growing varieties are nice for borders, foundation plants, and can be used effectively in individual or group plantings.
 
 Whenever possible they should be planted with and evergreen background so the flowers show-off at their best. And, with an evergreen background their bare branches are not as noticeable during the winter dormant season.
 
 Location: Plant them in full sun. When you see them planted along freeways or in commercial plantings, they are almost always planted in full sun. Although they prefer a bright sunny spot in the garden, I find that they also flower well in areas that only receive part sun and shade, the orange and pink varieties will look more colorful as the sun will not fade the flowers.
 
 Care: One of the outstanding characteristics of this plant is that it is just about maintenance free. Potentillas are seldom bothered by insects, require limited if any pruning, and are not really fussy about planting soils. In fact, poor soil or the occasional lack of water doesn't seem to measurably affect the plant.
 
 Planting: since most Potentillas are grown in containers, they can be added to the garden, even during the warmest summer weather.
 
 Although they are not really fussy about planting soil, they will never the less grow best if planted in a well-drained, sandy loam type soil.

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 VARIETIES -
 
 Abbotswood  - Prolific flowering with snow-white flowers. Grows about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide.
 
 McKay's White -   Potentilla fruticosa 'McKay's White', is a gracefully mounded plant with flowers that are initially creamy-white, later becoming pure white. 'McKay's White' is a shrub with medium to dark green leaves. It is medium to coarse in texture, and is irregular, with a slight arching to its form. Flowers are single and individual, with a long bloom time. Grows 2.5-2ft Tall and wide. 

  • Gorgeous prolific white flowers all season
  • Low maintenance and drought tolerant
  • Deer and rabbit resistant
  • ​​Max Elevation 10,000ft
FULL SUN
DEER RESISTANT
MODERATE  MOISTURE

Height: 2-4ft 

Spread: 2-4ft