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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - June 10th, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New products at Crocus

banana £14.99
Position: full sun to partial shadeSoil: fertile, moist but well-drained soilRate of growth:fastFlowering period: July to SeptemberHardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)From the monsoonal mountain forests in extreme Eastern India, this colourful variegated, variety of banana is as cold-tolerant as the regular Musa sikkimensis. When they are mature, its huge, paddle-like leaves are streaked with dark purple zebra stripes on the upper surface and a reddish purple below. In summer, mature plants bear long-lasting, yellow flowers. Garden care: Though the root is fairly hardy the foliage does need to be protected with a mulch of fleece and straw in autumn.

dwarf rhododendron
dwarf rhododendron £10.99
Position: partial shadeSoil: moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compostRate of growth: averageFlowering period: April and MayFlower colour: bluish-purpleOther features: dark green leaves, retained all yearHardiness: fully hardyMasses of funnel shaped, bluish-purple flowers in mid and late spring, fading to pale lavender-blue, and small, dark green leaves, retained all year. This attractive, evergreen rhododendron is perfect for a raised bed with humus-rich, acid soil. Renowned for its fine foliage and compact habit, it does best in full sun. Garden care: Avoid planting too deeply. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of leaf mould around the base of the plant each spring.
Siberian iris
Siberian iris £6.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: well-drained, moderately fertile soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: May and JuneHardiness: fully hardyDramatic, indigo-violet, almost black flowers appear in May and June above strap-like grey-green leaves. This clump-forming, beardless iris, related to the moisture-loving Siberian iris, makes an eyecatching feature in a sunny, boggy area of the garden, or beside water.Garden care: Incorporate plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure into the planting hole. Do not allow the plant to dry out.
masterwort £6.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, moist, preferably humus-rich soilRate of Growth: average to fastFlowering period: June to AugustHardiness: fully hardyThis astrantia has stunning ruby-red pincushion flowers with a suggestion of white at the base of each petal. The leaves are pretty, too; deeply lobed and mid green.  This old cottage garden favourite has been enjoying a resurgence of interest in recent years, as it works equally well in contemporary style plantings. Use towards the front of a sunny, yet moist border, where the intense flower colour can be fully appreciated.Astrantias have been cultivated in Britain since the 16th century and have numerous common names, such as melancholy gentleman, Hattie's pincushion and the more well-known masterwort.Garden care: Astrantias do not like to dry out. Incorporate plenty of organic matter when planting and water well in dry weather especially newly established plants. Lift and divide large clumps in early spring and apply a generous 5-7 cm mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant. Divided specimens may take some time to establish since they don't like having their roots disturbed.</
Gaura £5.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, moist well-drained soilRate of growth: average to fast-growing Flowering period: May to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy (borderline) A graceful, hazy plant with airy wands of white, fading to pink, star-shaped flowers with distinctive long anthers like daddy long-legs, held on slender stems from May to September. This exceptionally long-flowering perennial, with slender, grey-green leaves, looks equally at home in an informal cottage-style garden or among soft grasses in a new perennial border. This variety is particularly free flowering, drought-tolerant and will soak up the sun. Give it space, as its wispy stems will lean over other plants and pathways.Garden care: Resist the temptation to cut back gaura after it has flowered as it takes on beautiful autumn tints, particularly in cold weather. Cut back and lift and divide large colonies in spring.
windflower £5.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moist, fertile, humus-rich soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: July to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardyAs the name suggests, Hadspen Abundance is very free-flowering and keeps on producing masses of cup-shaped, deep pink, semi-double flowers with reddish-pink outer petals from July through to September. A fabulous plant for adding late summer colour to the garden, this anemone will also grow in sun or shade. The leaves are semi-evergreenand deeply cut and bring interesting texture to a herbaceous border. It is clump-forming and looks good with most late-flowering plants, especially if it is allowed to spread gently among perennials and shrubs.Garden care: Cut back the stalks after after the flowers have faded, and tidy up old dead leaves in March, then mulch well.  Avoid moving the plant since it resents disturbance. Where necessary lift and divide congested clumps in autumn or early spring.