Potentilla 'Red Ace' flowers freely between summer and autumn for a long season of fuss-free colour.
Grow this resilient and hardy shrub in your garden and it will reward you with masses of beautiful cherry-red flowers from early summer onwards. This fairly compact cinquefoil is perfect for growing in small gardens, rockeries or even in containers. It loves a sunny spot but also tolerates partial shade. Drought tolerant and just as happy in exposed or coastal gardens as it is in a sunny courtyard or patio, this tough little shrub is fantastically reliable in most outdoor spaces, big or small. This neat and bushy shrub is a rock-garden classic and looks most at home in a gravel or stony area, or growing in a stone planter. The delicate red flowers are produced continuously throughout summer and are a real bee-magnet. The silvery-green foliage is attractive in its own right, forming a dense bush with a neat rounded habit.
Enjoy summer-long colour and also attract bees and butterflies with this resilient and reliable hardy shrub.
Plant Type: Shrub
Hardiness: H7 Very hardy. Minimum temperature < -20.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 1m x W 1m (Mature age: 10 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Orange, Red
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well Drained, Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Containers, Courtyard Garden, Banks & Slopes, Coastal Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Rock Garden
Season of Interest: Summer, Autumn
Flowering (from - to): June - November
Potentilla thrives in full sun or partial shade, but the flowers last longer if planted in a spot that is in partial shade for some of the day. Suitable for exposed sites as well as within secluded gardens.
This variety grows well in any soil, as long as it is free-draining and doesn't become waterlogged. Plant in borders or shrubberies in a space of around 1m, or grow in large patio containers with a soil-based compost.
Water well when first planted and continue to water regularly during the first season during hot or dry spells. If planted in containers, water whenever the soil looks dry. If planted in border, once established it will require very little watering, if any.
It's not essential to feed potentilla, but it will benefit from an occasional feed with an all-purpose liquid fertiliser during the growing season to encourage healthy growth, particularly in its first year.
Lightly trim to shape after flowering has ended in autumn if necessary. You can prune out any old or dead branches anytime if you see them.