Potentilla fruticosa ‘Hopley’s Orange’
Hardy, tolerant and incredibly easy to grow, the shrubby Potentillas are very useful plants for sunny or partially shaded parts of the garden. Potentilla ‘Hopley’s Orange’ is one of the best, with warm orange flowers appearing in May and carrying on until late summer.
The only care this plant needs is gentle clipping once flowering has finished; you don’t have to do this, but it helps if you want to keep the plant compact. Height and spread to about 3ft (1m), but can be kept smaller by trimming. Sometimes orange flowers can be difficult to use in a garden, but ‘Hopley’s Orange’ is well worth finding a special place for.
The fine leaves and mounding habit of Potentilla ‘Hopley’s Orange’ makes it easy to place with other shrubs. Plant with varieties of Viburnum plicatum and Physocarpus ‘Lady in Red’ for colour and interest from May until late autumn. There are many other varieties of shrubby Potentillas, with colours ranging from white, through yellows and oranges, and through to red.
Fairly widely available in the UK.