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Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’

Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’

Nepalese Cinquefoil

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Organic Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’ - Nepalese Cinquefoil

🌿 This organic Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’ is a charming and hardy perennial that will brighten up your garden with its cheerful and delicate flowers. It is a beautiful new semi-dwarf cultivar that has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit for its outstanding performance and quality. Commonly know as ciquefoil, It is also a great plant for attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your garden, as well as providing food and shelter for wildlife.

🌞 Features:

🌱 Flowers: Lilac-pink, five-petalled flowers with a dark red eye, appearing from late spring to summer

🌿 Habit: Clump-forming perennial with finely divided green leaves

🏡 Landscape: Ideal for filling gaps or creating drifts of colour in borders, containers, or prairie planting

🌸 Low Maintenance: Easy to grow in any soil type, as long as it is well-drained and in full sun. Drought-tolerant and resistant to pests and diseases

🍂 Year-round Interest: Semi-evergreen foliage that provides a green backdrop for other plants

🏡 Garden Uses: Prairie planting, Wildlife gardens, Low Maintenance, Flower borders and beds

🌱 How to Care For Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’

Potentilla nepalensis is a hassle-free choice for any gardener, as it requires very little care once established. Here are some tips to keep it happy and healthy:

  • Water regularly during the first year, especially during dry spells. After that, only water when the soil feels dry to the touch
  • Apply a balanced organic fertiliser in spring to encourage healthy growth and flowering
  • Deadhead the faded flowers to prolong the blooming season and prevent self-seeding
  • Cut back the stems to the ground in late autumn or early winter to tidy up the plant and promote fresh growth in spring
  • Divide the clumps every 3 to 4 years in spring or autumn to rejuvenate the plant and increase its vigour

🚫 Is Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’ Invasive?

No, Nepalese Potentilla is not invasive - it does not spread aggressively or compete with native plants. It is a well-behaved perennial that stays within its allotted space and does not produce too many seeds. It is also native to the Himalayas, so it is adapted to a similar climate and soil as the UK2.

🐦 Is Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’ Beneficial to Wildlife?

Yes, Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’ is beneficial to wildlife, as it provides food and shelter for many animals and insects. The flowers are rich in nectar and pollen, which attract bees and butterflies, moths, hoverflies and other pollinators. The seeds are eaten by birds like finches and sparrows, and the leaves and stems are browsed by mammals, such as rabbits and deer. The plant also offers cover and nesting sites for small creatures.

🦋 Supporting pollinators

Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’, or nepal cinquefoil is a great plant for supporting pollinators, as it is a source of nectar and pollen for a wide range of insects. Pollinators are essential for the reproduction of many plants and crops, as well as for the maintenance of biodiversity. By planting Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’ in your garden, you are helping to conserve and enhance the population and diversity of pollinators, and thus contributing to a more resilient and productive environment.

🌼 Why Choose Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’?

Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’ is a wonderful perennial that offers many benefits for you and your garden. Here are some reasons why you should choose it:

  • It is a stunning and versatile plant that adds colour and charm to any setting
  • Low-maintenance and easy-to-grow plant that thrives in any soil and sun condition.It is a long-blooming and repeat-flowering plant that provides a continuous display of flowers from late spring to summer
  • Semi-evergreen and drought-tolerant plant that provides year-round interest and resilience
  • Wildlife-friendly and pollinator-attracting plant that supports biodiversity

🌱 Our Organic Approach

At my organic plant nursery, I am committed to growing plants in a natural and sustainable way, without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides. We use peat free certified organic compost and fertilisers to enrich the soil and nourish the plants. I avoid chemicals and practise crop rotation, companion planting, and biological control to prevent pests and diseases. By growing plants organically, we are respecting the environment and producing healthier and happier plants. All of my plants are grown plastic free - from wooden seed trays, to wood fibre pots to larger plants being grown in wood troughs that we harvest from, then wrap the rootball in hessian befroe posting to you by Royal Mail which has the lowest carbon footprint per parcel in the UK (which I then offset too!)

Plant care guide

How do you plant perennials?

Dig a hole slightly larger than the woodfibre pot or balled rootball size, but no deeper. If it is a plant that likes to stay on the drier side (such as lavender), make the hole slightly shallower than the root ball so the surface of the rootball sits proud of the ground and use organic matter around the plant to stop water pooling on the base of the plant.

Water the hole and if the woodfibre pot or rootball doesn't seem moist pre-soak the pot or hessian contained rootball until it is saturated (no more bubbles rise to the surface).

There is normally no need to add compost to the hole if you have an established garden with healthy plants already growing. If you have a newbuild property or poor growth to existing plans chances are that your whole flowerbed needs improving with organic matter.

Place the pot or rootball in the hole. You can remove the hessian sacking it came in, or just remove the staple/twine and open the top once it's in the ground so the plant is free. The roots will easily grow through and the hessian will decompose, as will the woodfibre pots. Back fill the surrounding area with the dug soil. Do not firm the soil down hard! Roots need air and water and hard compacted soil prevents them from getting both.

Once planted water the plant in well and then water again whenever the soil starts to dry out under the surface, being careful not to overwater.

Mulching with something like woodchips around the plant after watering will help the soil to retain the moisture in hot weather. The perennial's foliage will die off in the winter and the plant will regrow through the mulch in the spring!

When to plant perennials in the UK?

Perennial plants can be planted out in the garden or in pots from spring, through the summer, to autumn. During dry weather and especially during the summer much closer attention needs to be given to watering in the first year.

If planting in hot weather, cut the foliage and flowers back. Your new plant will not be taking up much water until established so may struggle if the leaves lose more water than the roots can absorb. For the strongest result do not allow to flower or at least to set seed in the first year.

Where to plant perennials?

Check the plant info at the bottom of the page for the best place to position your new plant. If it prefers sun and you plant it in a north facing flowerbed next to a wall don't expect it to thrive or flower.

Pay attention to the soil. if it is heavy clay, incorporate organic matter such as compost to the soil before planting your perennial, preferably to the whole flowerbed. This will improve the soil by buffering it's water and nutrient holding ability. It is preferable to not just plonk compost in the bottom of the hole as it will not improve the overall condition of the soil surrounding your new plant. Do not add a layer of gravel or grit to the bottom of the hole as this will merely cause the perched water table to be higher. It will not improve drainage.

How do you care for perennial plants?

Cut back untidy foliage in the spring (you can leave the clippings on the flower bed to allow the nutrients to recycle into the soil). Divide every 3 to 5 years as the centre dies out and replant your extra plants! Perennials come back every year. Some are longer living than others.

Should perennials be fertilised?

The vast majority of garden soils contain plenty of nutrients, but if your garden is in a newly built development there is a good chance a thin layer of topsoil has been added on top of infertile subsoil. if that is the case, compost, soil improver or well rotted manure can be spread on the flower bed and dug in, or alternatively for those short of time or energy, organic fertiliser such as our own special organic mix of bone meal, hoof and horn and vinaase that is an organic, sustainable alternative to the John Innes formula, can be sprinkled around the plant with some compost added to the planting hole.

Delivery £5 flat rate or FREE over £50 spend.

I charge a flat rate of £5 for postage and packaging to all of Britain, including the Highlands and the Isle of Man, with free delivery for orders over £50. We are unable to send plants to Northern Ireland.

I use Royal Mail for our deliveries as they have the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK and actually tend to look after parcels rather than just chucking them over the nearest fence! This ensures that your plants will have the best care possible.

Please have a Safe Place set up if possible so your plants are not returned to the sorting office if no one is home to accept the delivery.

I try to dispatch plants twice a week and you will receive updates by text or email. In cases of extreme weather or if Royal Mail has a hiccup the delivery may be delayed but we'll keep you in the loop.

I'm unable to deliver to the Channel Islands or Northern Ireland.

The LAWNMOWER Guarantee

Healthy plants & happy customers

Your plant will only be dispatched if I'm happy it is healthy. The nature of growing the plants in large troughs means that the root system will be trimmed before they are balled in hessian, and therefore, depending on the time of year, the top growth may also be trimmed to make sure the roots are able to supply the water and nutrients your new plant requires.

Pruning encourages new growth and this applies to roots as well so a pruned plant actually results in a stronger plant.

The LAWNMOWER guarantee.

If you're not happy with your plants for any reason, even if you've run them over with your lawnmower, just pop them in a box (the plants, not the mower!) and post them back to us within 1 year for a replacement or refund.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

For full details check out the Refunds and Returns Policy.

Sustainability

Eco-friendly business

Fed up with plants grown in plastic pots which are doused in herbicides and sprayed with synthetic chemicals by big nurseries who merrily burn through finite resources, fly plants in from abroad on jet planes, irresponsibly use peat and coir, kill any insect nearby with non-selective pesticides and generally only think of the bottom line?

So are we!

How we grow plants sustainably

Our plants are started in coldframes or inside our house, grown-on woodfibre pots or in reclaimed wooden troughs which are then carefully harvested and balled and burlapped (hessian wrap securing the rootball), before packing plastic free in a eco cardboard box from a certified B-corp carbon neutral supplier. Some plants are grown in 8cm woodfibre pots.

Sustainable and organic compost & fertiliser

Our Soil Association certified organic compost is bought in bulk without plastic bags from Dalefoot Compost, and consists of sheep wool, bracken and comfrey. This naturally feeds the plants for 12 months. If supplemental feeding is required we only use our own special blend of organic fertilisers (bone meal, hoof & horn and vinaase) which have been processed with solar energy.

Carbon Neutral business

The small amount of electricity we use is from renewable sources and we irrigate our plants with stored water we have harvested. Plus, we are using our house and land for more than one purpose, preventing further land use and utilising the sunk carbon cost of the building rather than creating more.

We have partnered with Carbon Neutral Britain to offset our emissions, and recognise that we are not in control of all parts of the supply chain so have fully offset scopes 1, 2 and 3 to take that in to account - so that's all emissions connected to our business, from the farts coming out of the back of the sheep, to the carbon dioxide from the delivery van outside your door.

We don't just offset and carry on, ALL the decisions we make work to reduce emissions - for instance we use Royal Mail to post our plants as they have by far the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK.

Potentilla nepalensis Helen Jane

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Perennial
Full Sun
Broad PH tolerance
Moist but well drained
Hardy
H 0.4 m X W 0.4 m
Summer
Pollinator friendly

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