She’s a football soccer proof garden plant. Likewise, for years she proudly showed off her canary yellow blooms every summer and early autumn. Furthermore, she’s a tough, hardy, and an adaptable shrub for so many situations. Including a garden that turns into a football pitch every now and then!
|Potentilla Bloom Refraction – Football Soccer Proof Garden Plants|
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Katherine Dykes’ or Shrubby Cinquefoil was planted eleven years ago. Now the football sits idly in the garage as hill walking, going to the gym, and computer games have taken its place.
Never mind the fact that the football pitch lawn is now much too small as I have created a wider flower bed!
Katherine was growing too big regardless of being cut back every couple of years. She had an underskirt of far too much old deadwood with patchy green growth on top due to an over-vigorous Golden Hop – Humulus lupus.
The combination of both was blocking the light from the surrounding plants and I knew the shrub would never recover this year. Plus I couldn’t look out at this untidy mess every day from the kitchen window!
|Football Soccer Proof Garden Plants – work begins on digging out Potentilla fruticosa ‘Katherine Dykes’|
Last Saturday Katherine was shown the ‘red card’ and I said my goodbyes.
It was a job I had identified two years ago that would need to be carried out eventually. And now I see the potential for this whole corner of the garden. I can’t wait to turn it into my own ‘Mini Dixter Corner’.
|soil conditioner added, green stakes to mark seedlings that needed moved|
To keep in with the purple/blues and yellow theme in ‘Mini Dixter’ I’ve just planted Verbena bonariensis and Verbena rigida plants and some bronze carex grass around the base of each Golden hop.
|New plants against Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ which is the last shrub to leaf out in the garden each year.|
Football Soccer Proof Garden Plants
- Alchemilla molis
- low growing herbs and alpines