Photinia Red Robin (Photinia x fraseri) makes a striking alternative to an evergreen hedge due to its bright red glossy leaves and clusters of small white flowers in springtime. It doesn’t make a very dense hedge so may not be suitable for perimeter hedging for security purposes. It should be trimmed in spring and summer for a formal hedge or as required for a less formal appearance. Prefers a sunny site but will tolerate some shade. Soils should be well drained.
Easy to grow well in most soils but flowers fade more rapidly in full sun and last longer in moister soils
Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Rock Garden Patio & Container Plants
Potentilla can be herbaceous perennials, deciduous shrubs, or annuals, with palmately or pinnately divided leaves and solitary or clustered, saucer-shaped, 5-petalled flowers appearing over a long period
Marian Red Robin is a compact deciduous shrub to 75cm tall, with small leaves composed of five narrow leaflets, and red flowers 2.5cm wide, pale yellow on the reverse, in summer and early autumn