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Happy Face® Yellow Potentilla
It's February! It's cold! You know what's happy in the cold, other than my Norwegian Elkhound? Potentilla!

Potentilla fruticosa is hardy to USDA Zone 2. That's polar bear country. It's happy there, but less happy when it gets into warmer climates. South of USDA Zone 7 they will struggle with the heat and humidity, and the flower color may be washed out on the pink selections.
Happy Face Hearts™ Potentilla
We selected the Happy Face® Potentilla for their big, bold flowers and full habits. If your idea of Potentilla is a sad, scrubby little plant, think again. These are nicely branched plants that have lots of flowers all season long.

If you want classic yellow, go with Happy Face Yellow® Potentilla. Those of you wanting a more restrained color palette can go with Happy Face® White Potentilla.

And then there's pink.

A good pink Potentilla has been hard to find. But we have two! Happy Face® Pink Paradise has clear, semi-doubled flowers that hold their color very well. A more subtle choice is Happy Face Hearts™ (above), with softer pink flowers accented by a white star in the center of each bloom. Remember, if you're on the southern end of this plant's range your pink flowers may not be as intense as they would be in more northern climates.

Happy Face Hearts™ Potentilla is 1-2' tall and wide; the other varieties are all 2-3' in size. They will grow in full sun or partial shade. Give us a call (800-633-8859) or send us an email to add any of these to your order.
Potentilla should make you happy!

I know, I know.

Potentilla is something you thought you were done with. For a while it seemed like every motel and gas station landscape north of the Ohio river had some straggly specimens hanging on in a sea of red mulch.

That's the think about Potentilla...it hangs on. As long as they don't get too hot or too dry, Potentilla will probably be OK. 

There's no doubt that they are cold hardy; one common name for them is tundra rose, which I really like. They're also quite deer-resistant, and rabbit-resistant, too. They can take the stress of urban settings' air pollution, and can also take some clay soils. Established plants will come through drought, too.

So it's no wonder that Potentilla has been used so heavily in landscapes. Granted, the older varieties could look pretty rough, but these newer ones have a very nice, compact habit that stays full and lush. These are totally not gas station plants, although you can certainly plant them there. I rather appreciate some nice plantings to distract me from the price at the pump.

If you're looking for a plant to solve some landscape challenges, Potentilla may just be the answer. Those of you in areas with the threat of rose rosette might want to take a look at the humble tundra rose - it has the same continuous blooms and love of full sun as your fancy landscape roses.