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Price reductions at Crocus

by Sarah - August 8th, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, Price Reductions.

Reduced products at Crocus

toadflax was £3.99 now £3.49
Position: full sunSoil: moderately, light, well-drained, preferably sandy soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: June to SeptemberFlower colour: pale pinkHardiness: fully hardyLonger, slender spires of pale pink flowers are produced from early summer through to early autumn above the slivery-grey foliage. A good plant for vertical interest in a mixed border though it will look as equally at home in a gravel garden, where it will cope well with dry, sunny conditions. It readily self-seeds but the seedlings are rarely the same as the parent. Garden care: Dead-head regularly if you dont want seedlings popping up.

aster was £5.99 now £3.99
Position: full sunSoil: well-drained, moderately fertile soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: July to OctoberHardiness: fully hardyMasses of pink centred, small white daisies are produced from midsummer through to mid-autumn above deep purple foliage. A stunning aster that will extend the season in the garden and looks lovely at in the middle of a mixed or herbaceous border in full sun. The flowers are also attractive to butterflies.Garden care: Water regularly during dry spells and deadhead to prolong flowering. After flowering, cut the flowered stems to the ground and apply a generous mulch of well-rotted garden compost or horse manure around the base of the plant.
chives was £4.99 now £3.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, moist well-drained soilRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: July to AugustHardiness: fully hardyOne of the main reasons for growing chives is to harvest the edible leaves, which enhance the flavour of many savoury dishes. This vigorous plant also produces clumps of brilliant pink to purple or white, button-like summer flowers. Its perfect for a sunny, well-drained border or gravel garden.Garden care: Split and divide large clumps in autumn or spring.
giant switch grass
giant switch grass was £5.99 now £4.99
Position: full sunSoil: moderately fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: August and SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy Huge and stately, this fountainous grass is a magnificent sight in summer, when masses of tiny, golden spikelets form an airy cloud above arching, metallic-blue foliage. The flower spikes gradually turn to buff as they mature and can last well into winter, prolonging the season of interest in the garden. Definitely a statement plant, this grass needs room to express itself , and is best planted at the back of a perennial border, or in a large garden, en masse along a path.Garden care: Drought-tolerant once established, this grass will need a bit of help to get going. Cut down to the ground in late winter. Lift and divide congested colonies between mid spring and summer.
fleabane was £5.99 now £4.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of Growth: averageFlowering period: June to OctoberHardiness: fully hardyThis name translates as 'new snow in summer' and this effectively describes the soft, fluffy effect created by the fine, almost shredded appearance of this white, flushed pink daisy. Masses of large flowers with yellow centres appear from June through to October above clumps of grey-green leaves. It looks particularly good planted among other sun-loving summer flowers with a strong form, such as salvias and achilleas. Bees and butterflies love all erigerons, so they make a wonderful addition to a wildlife garden. Garden care: The plant may need staking. Cut back flowered stems to encourage a new flush of flowers. In autumn, cut to ground level. Lift and divide large clumps every second or third year, discarding the woody crowns.
coral bells
coral bells was £5.99 now £4.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, moist or well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: June to JulyFlower colour: creamOther features: pest and disease resistantHardiness: fully hardyStriking new evergreen variety of Heuchera with glossy jet black-maroon leaves darkening as the season progresses. Cream flowers appear in June-July providing a stunning contrast to the leaves. Ideal plant for the front of the border or for a beautiful display in terracotta pots. Garden care: Lift and divide large clumps in early autumn and replant with the crown just above the surface of the soil. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the crown of the plant in spring.
bloody cranesbill
bloody cranesbill was £5.99 now £4.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: average to fast growingFlowering period: May to JuneHardiness: fully hardyThis pretty cranesbill is smothered with pure white, cup shaped flowers from May though to June. Thriving in full sun or partial shade, it quickly forms loose hummocks of deeply cut, dark green leaves, valuable for suppressing weeds at the front of the border. Try it as part of a cottage garden scheme or towards the front of a mixed 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.
pheasant's tail grass (syn. Stipa arundinacea)
pheasant's tail grass (syn. Stipa arundinacea) was £6.49 now £5.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moderately fertile, medium to light, well-drained soilRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: June to SeptemberHardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)One of the best and most versatile evergreen grasses, this will thrive in sun or shade, and glows shades of copper, gold and bronze in the autumn, hence its common name, PheasantÂ’s Tail Grass. It has a soft, arching habit, so plant it among shrubs for textural contrast, or in a mixed or herbaceous border. Garden care: In spring, tease out deadfoliage by gently running your fingers through it as if it were hair. It may self-seed, but simply pull out seedlings when you see them.
Libertia was £6.49 now £5.99
Position: full sun or light shadeSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: May to July Flower colour: whiteHardiness: fully hardyReliable and long-lived perennial which provides attractive vertical accents to a planting. Sword like leaves encircle slender wiry stems. Simple pure white flowers open progressively up each stem to culminate in a fine airy show. Associates well with fine grasses like Stipa tenuissima in a gravel planting, or with simple daisies like Anthemis 'Sauce Hollandaise' in the front of a border.Garden care: Selectively cut out old foliage to reveal attractive new growth. Dislikes a waterlogged soil. Divide congested plants in spring or autumn. Leave flower spikes to mature and form attractive seed heads which will self-seed if permitted.