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Lemon Meringue™ Potentilla

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 2 - 3 Feet
  • Mature Spread 2 - 3 Feet
  • Growing Zones 2 - 9

If you’re searching for a creamy yellow flowering shrub to add to your landscape, don’t pass up the Lemon Meringue Potentilla! This beautiful cold-hardy shrub will bring delight each late-spring through fall with long-lasting double yellow flowers and bright green foliage. Its growth habit will have your landscape looking gorgeous with minimal maintenance. With a small span of 2’-3’ tall by 2’-3’ wide, this shrub will fit in almost anywhere!

A deciduous mounding shrub, this beauty has minimal maintenance needed to thrive within your landscape. It is deer resistant as its foliage is not palatable to deer. In contrast, butterflies will be drawn to this shrub in search of nectar. Created in the Canadian plains, this shrub can withstand the cold of zone 2.

The Lemon Meringue Potentilla is used as an alternative to boxwood or holly hedges. Due to the mounding habit and the ease of pruning, this makes a wonderful, shapeable hedge. You may also choose to plant individually, within raised beds, as mass planting or border planting.

Lemon Meringue Potentilla Plant Care

Lemon Meringue Potentilla thrives in full sun (6+ hours of sunlight per day). It does not like wet feet, so ensure that its new home is not in low-lying areas within your landscape.

To best establish your Lemon Meringue Potentilla, plant during cooler months in spring or fall. When planting, keep the crown of the plant level with the surface. Evaluate the nutrient density of the soil. If it is mostly clay or sand, amend with aged compost in an equal ratio of native soil to compost. For best results, add a 2” layer of aged compost on top of the newly planted shrub to allow nutrients to seep into the root base over time. Soil pH should range from acidic to neutral or 5-7 pH.

Fertilizing may be done once a year by using a 2” layer of aged compost on top of the root base or a balanced shake and feed fertilizer. Shake and feed fertilizers may be 18-24-16, 20-20-20 or 20-30-20.

Whether you choose to plant your Lemon Meringue Potentilla in hedges, container planting, mass planting, border planting or individual planting – the pruning is easy! You may choose to shape in any way you wish. It is best to shear or prune in late winter before new growth comes in.

Lemon Meringue Potentilla Plant Spacing

With the mounding growth habit, its span is 2’-3’ tall and 2’-3’ wide. If you are planting as a hedge, you may wish to space each shrub 2’-3’ apart to allow a dense hedge-line. If you’re looking for a looser foliage look, space 3’-4’ apart. Within garden beds that are shared with other varieties of plants, keep the Lemon Meringue Potentilla 3’-4’ away from the root bases of the surrounding plants.

Lemon Meringue™ Potentilla Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 - 9
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 2 - 3 Feet
Mature Spread: 2 - 3 Feet
Spacing: 2 - 3 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): Yellow
Flower Description: Double Yellow
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought, Salt
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance
Common Name: Lemon Meringue™ Potentilla
Other Name(s):

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.