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McKay’s White Potentilla

Potentilla fruticosa ‘McKay’s White’

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McKay’s White Potentilla, green shrub with white flowers

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The McKay’s White potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa ‘McKay’s White’) is one of the best-kept secrets of garden designers. This potentilla features deep-green, fern-like foliage that adds some charm to your yard. The creamy white flowers provide a special touch to any landscape as they contrast against that deep rich foliage. You will enjoy the look of McKay’s White potentilla throughout the growing season.

Plant Attributes

You will love the fine-textured foliage of this potentilla. The ferny leaves keep their color throughout the growing season. In the late spring, the beautiful white flowers begin to appear. The saucer-shaped blooms have a bright yellow center. These blossoms stand out against the greenish foliage. At the end of the branches, the white flowers are proudly displayed. Flowers remain on the shrub until the first frost.

Landscape Use

This Potentilla fruticosa ‘McKay’s White’ is a perfect addition to a butterfly garden. The blooms are magnets for those beautiful butterflies. There are several ways you can incorporate these cheerful blooms into your landscape. The rounded, compact shrub makes an ideal choice for those perennial and cottage gardens. At a distance, the foliage looks lush and dense. You might want to use these shrubs for a flowering foundation planting.

The McKay’s White potentilla is the perfect facer plant for those large and leggy shrubs. Plant them on the sunny side of your taller plants. If you have any bright, sunny spots in your landscape, consider placing these potentillas in those areas. With their tolerance for sun and compact size, you have plenty of places to add these beauties. Make sure to line your sidewalks, driveways, and walkways with McKay’s White potentilla.

For those commercial properties, McKay’s White potentilla shines. These shrubs grow and bloom without much maintenance from you. You might want to use these shrubs for a mass planting. If you choose to use this landscape design, make sure to zig-zag the plants with a 3-foot spacing. New mass plantings need to be mulched and weeded until those shrubs grow together for a thick hedge.

Finally, use McKay’s White potentilla to create an informal low hedge that defines your garden space. Make sure to plant them 2 feet apart to create a dense low hedge. As an untrimmed hedge, you might want to skip the pruning and allow them to grow. They bloom best on last year’s branches. Whether it is the summer or fall, these potentillas are a delightful addition to your landscape.

Planting & Care

You never have to worry about the durability of McKay’s White. This shrub is a tough, maintenance-free plant that will not give you any problems. For the best results, you need to plant this shrub in full sun. The McKay’s White potentilla does not like any standing water. When you place this shrub in your yard, make sure it is located in a well-draining spot. Other than a well-draining area, this potentilla can thrive in most soil types.

If you want continuous blooms, give these sun-loving shrubs plenty of water regularly. For those younger plants, you want to provide enough water for those developing shrubs. Once the McKay’s White potentilla has established, they are self-sufficient in most spaces.

For the best results, do a few renewal cuts during the early spring to keep them in top shape for your garden. You need to prune out the oldest, thickest, and longest stems from the ground. Make sure to leave the thinner and younger branches in place. When you do this, you will have beautiful blooms throughout your landscape.

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You will love the look of McKay’s White potentilla. The creamy white flowers bloom in abundance from spring to fall. The green foliage also makes a great impression throughout the year. This potentilla will be a showstopper in your landscape.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Low
  • Botanical Pronunciation: poh-ten-TIL-a froo-ti-KOH-sa
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: 2.5 feet in width and height
  • Special features: Creamy white flowers that last throughout the growing season
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Early summer to late fall
  • Flower color: White
  • Flower attributes: Showy small white flowers with yellow centers
  • Garden style: Cottage, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Place these potentillas in front of leggy shrubs as facer plants. Makes an exceptional foundation planting. Perfect shrubs for those low-maintenance commercial spaces. Line your pathways and driveways with this spectacular variety.
  • Companion Plants: Mix with other potentillas, such as the Goldfinger

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