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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - August 12th, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New products added today at Crocus

feather reed grass
feather reed grass £16.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: dry or wet, well-drained soilRate of growth: fast growingFlowering period: early summer to autumnHardiness: fully hardyA stiff, erect habit is the defining feature of this grass, named after the famous German plantsman who introduced it to the public in the 1950s. Plant it en masse to form a feathery screen, or in small groups to add height and definition to a perennial border. It also looks good planted next to buildings. This is one of the earliest perennial grasses to get going, with shoots appearing in early spring, followed by flowers that are green first, then fade to buff.Garden care: Very low maintenance, it simply needs to be cut down to the ground in February. Don’t be tempted to chop it earlier, as its wheat-coloured stems add drama and strong winter presence to the garden.

michalmas daisy
michalmas daisy £5.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, moist, but well drained soilRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: September – OctoberFlower colour: lilac – blue with a yellow centreHardiness: fully hardyA compact Michaelmas Daisy that will form neet clumps to around 45cm tall. In late summer and autumn it is covered in masses of lilac-blue flowers with a yellow centre making it look like a colourful dome. These plants flower best in full sun, although they will tolerate a little shade and really pack a last minute punch in the front of a border. The flowers are very attractive to butterflies too so this is a great plant to include in your wildlife garden.Garden care: Cut back in late autumn after it has finished flowering and apply a generous layer of mulch.
lungwort £5.99
Position: partial shadeSoil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: February to MayFlower colour: blueOther features: white-spotted leavesHardiness: fully hardyBlue-purple to intense-blue, funnel-shaped flowers from late winter to late spring and white-spotted, dark-green leaves. The spear-like leaves hug the ground more closely than other forms. A perfect groundcover plant for shady, moist areas, the dense flower-heads are particularly long-lasting.Garden care: Lift and divide large clumps every three to five years after flowering or in autumn. Cut back plants affected by mildew to the ground, water and feed – the plant will regenerate and produce new leaves later in the year.
iris £3.99
Position: full sunSoil: well-drained, moderately fertile, neutral to slightly alkaline soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: Jan-FebFlower colour: blue, green and yellowOther features: sword-shaped leavesHardiness: fully hardyBulb Size: 6/7Royal blue flowers, that have a central yellow mark on each fall, push up through the soil in late winter, often through a carpet of snow. These low-growing, early-blooming bulbs are perfect for adding a touch of colour in gravel gardens or alpine beds. They also look very sweet in containers, where they can be admired up close on a sunny patio.Garden care: Plant bulbs 5cm deep in the autumn in a sunny spot in well-drained soil. Water moderately while they are actively growing and feed with a general purpose fertiliser. Keep reasonably dry during their dormant period.