I really liked this Peter Warren potentilla post in Oct 12. It was pretty soon after this that I bought a couple of garden centre Potentilla. I decided to while away the winter blues by giving this one a bit of a pruning in anticipation of the new growing season that is just around the corner. I agree that its probably a long corner but spring is approaching slowly.
I understand that potentilla back bud prolifically so I will almost certainly prune a little harder once growth starts appearing.
This is the tree as bought and stands about 55 cms
After pruning and a little wiring this is the first option
There are also these windswept options
In each option I am thinking that the lower forked branch on the right hand side will be pruned back further and used as a dead wood feature. The long curved branch that is wired with a guy wire will almost certainly be shortened as well. I have left it long to help with bending and also to ensure ample space for back budding. I couldn’t bend it any further due to the risk of it snapping off completely. The wood is very brittle.
The next step is to find a suitable pot and then wait for the flowers as I have no idea of the variety or colour.
Any suggestions re style and design are welcome apart of course from those that involve bins, shredders and blow torches etc.