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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - June 26th, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New lines at Crocus

penguin-deck-chair-the-big-sleep £64.99
A fun deck chair based on the original 1935 Penguin book jacket designs. Great for adding quirky style to your garden or patio. These colourful, folding deck chairs have solid beech frames made from sustainable, managed forests in Poland and have 4 seating positions for maximum comfort and relaxation.The covers are made from 100% cotton and are removable for easy cleaning too. The deck chair measures 137cm long when flat and the seat is 45cm wide.

switch ivy
switch ivy £9.99
Position: partial shadeSoil: moist, acidic soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: springHardiness: fully hardyLong, slim, glossy leaves emerge dark maroon, turning greener as they mature and then taking on lovely bronze and wine tints in the autumn. Although it prefers partial shade, the leaves of this spreading, evergreen shrub look almost metallic in sun. It forms an attractive dome of dense foliage and if kept low, makes ideal groundcover in acid soil. In a pot, it needs to be planted in ericaceous compost. Garden care: Minimal pruning is required. Remove misplaced, dead or diseased branches in late spring.Goes well with: Pieris 'Forest Flame', Enkianthus campanulatus, Rhododendron 'Homebush', Rhododendron 'Ptarmigan', Fothergilla 'Blue Mist', Erica x darleyensis 'J. W. Porter', Erica cinerea 'Stephen Davis'
honeysuckle £8.49
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soilRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: July to SeptemberFlower colour: white ageing to yellowOther features: bright-red berries in hot summers, which may cause a mild stomach upset if ingestedHardiness: fully hardyFabulously fragrant, large, tubular, white flowers, ageing to yellow, from July to September and oval, mid-green leaves. This vigorous, deciduous climber will soon cover a boundary wall or fence in a sunny site. Later flowering than many other varieties of honeysuckle it's ideal for a cottage or wildlife garden.Garden care: Cut back established plants after flowering, removing a third of the flowering shoots. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.
red-barked dogwood
red-barked dogwood £6.99
Position: full sun to part shadeSoil: any moderately fertile soilRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: May and JuneHardiness: fully hardyThis deciduous shrub has pretty, grey-green leaves with white margins and produces small, creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it's really grown for the vivid red stems that are revealed when the leaves fall. This lovely dogwood looks stunning planted in groups in damp areas of the garden, beside water, or in a winter border. Best in full sun, it works particularly well with orange or purple-stemmed varieties of dogwood.Garden care: In March cut the stems back hard to within 5-7cm (2-3in) from the ground and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or horse manure around the base of the plant.
lavender £5.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: July to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardyA new variety, with dense spikes of shocking violet flowers in late summer that shine out among aromatic, silvery-grey leaves. It's fairly compact, so makes a gorgeous, informal flowering hedge, especially for edging a path and border, and brushing against it releases its heady fragrance. The flower-spikes are highly attractive to bees and other beneficial insects. Garden care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded to retain a compact shape. Carefully trim back in April, taking care not to cut into old wood.
Armenian cranesbill
Armenian cranesbill £5.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, well-drainedRate of growth: fast growingFlowering period: June to AugustFlowers: magentaHardiness: fully hardyThis vigorous Armenian cranesbill produces a mass of shallow cup-shaped, vivid magenta flowers with black centres and veins from early to late summer. It quickly forms loose hummocks of deeply cut, mid-green leaves, which turn a fabulous shade of red in autumn. An excellent plant for the middle of the border.Garden care: In midsummer rejuvenate plants that are beginning to look jaded, by removing old flowered stems and leaves. Lift and divide large colonies in spring.