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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - August 2nd, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New lines at Crocus

giant sea holly
giant sea holly £6.99
Position: full sunSoil: dry, well-drained, poor to moderately fertile soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: June and August Flower colour: steel-blue flowers surrounds by silvery white bractsOther features: ideal for use in dried flower arrangementsHardiness: fully hardyBranched, teasel-like pale green flowers turning to steel-blue are surrounded by narrow silvery white bracts in summer. This rosette-forming perennial is great for the front or middle of a sunny, well-drained border. The attractive foliage is displayed to best advantage if the plant is mulched with or planted in gravel. It is a short lived perennial which self-seeds freely.Garden care: Lift and divide large colonies in spring. Avoid the temptation to cut back the flowerheads in autumn as they provide interest in the winter garden.

masterwort £5.99
Position: full sun to part shadeSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: May to OctoberHardiness: fully hardyPinky-red, pincushion-like flowers with a ruff of reddish bracts appear from June to Augusts above pretty, deeply lobed, dark green leaves. This astrantia spreads gently, and is perfect for naturalising in areas of moist, dappled shade. It works equally well in a woodland edge or in a mixed border. It will grow happily in sun, too,  as long as the soil is not allowed to dry out.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 dry soil. Incorporate plenty of organic matter when planting and water well in dry weather, especially with 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.
michalmas daisy
michalmas daisy £5.99
Position: full sun / light shadeSoil: best in lean soils that are not over-watered to avoid the need for stakingRate of growth: averageFlowering period: September – OctoberHardiness: fully hardyA robust and useful Aster where a slightly wilder, more meadow like appearance is required. Native to the prairies and savannahs of North America where it thrives on upland woodlands and thinly wooded slopes and bluffs. Slender upright stems are mahogony brown, branching at their top to form open sprays of single blue-violet daisies with golden centres. Each flower is around 3cm across; the overall effect of a massed planting is a glorious canopy of colour. Best grown in a lean soil to maintain a sturdy and upright habit.Garden care: Older flower heads and structure should be left to stand through the winter to add texture to the winter canvas and provide valuable food for garden birds.