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Price reductions at Crocus

by Sarah - September 6th, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, Price Reductions.

Reduced price on items today at Crocus

montbretia was £6.99 now £4.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moderately-fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soilRate of growth: average to fast-growingFlowering period: July and AugustHardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)Distinct from other Crocosmia in their beautiful bronze foliage, which compliments the sprays of apricot yellow flowers from July to September. An unusual montbretia providing a welcome cooling note in a planting scheme of hot autumnal oranges and reds. For best effect, plant in bold drifts in a sunny, sheltered site with moderately fertile, humus-rich, well drained soil.Garden care: Resist removing the faded foliage in autumn and cover the crown of the plant with bracken or bark chips to protect the plant against frost damage. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring, planting the divided sections 8-10cm (3-4in) deep.</u

fleabane (Syn Darkest of All)
fleabane (Syn Darkest of All) was £6.99 now £4.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of Growth: averageFlowering period: June-AugustHardiness: fully hardyThe name translates to 'darkest of all', and these daisies have deep violet flowers. Slender petals surround a prominent golden centre, and they can grow up to 5cm across. They look 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, and this one is also good for cutting. Garden care: These plants may need staking. Cut back the flowered stems to ground level in autumn. Lift and divide large clumps every second or third year and discard the woody crowns. Good drainage is vital, especially over winter, and look out for early signs of powdery mildew.
meadow clary
meadow clary was £5.99 now £4.99
Position: full sunSoil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: May to July Flower colour: pale pinkOther features: useful early flowering formHardiness: fully hardyOne of the earliest of the salvias to flower. Each slender upright stem carries a series of comparatively large hooded flowers in candyfloss pink, which open in succession up its length. Large rosette of grey green leaves form a dense groundcover canopy. A fine Salvia exhibiting strong and vigorous growth and producing a second flush of flowers later in July and August. Attractive to bees and butterflies.Garden care: To prolong flowering, cut out spent flower spikes as soon as they start to fade, leaving foliage to mature into rich autumn tones. Alternatively, cut back the whole plant after early flowering in late May/June to enjoy a second flush of blooms in July and August. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.
bloody cranesbill
bloody cranesbill was £5.99 now £4.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compostRate of growth: average to fast growingFlowering period: May to JuneHardiness: fully hardyIn May through to June, this geranium is smothered with cheerful, cup-shaped magenta flowers with white centres and distinctive veins. Thriving in full sun or partial shade, it forms low hummocks of deeply cut, shiny, dark green leaves, ideal for suppressing weeds at the front of the border. It occurs naturally on acid soils, but will flourish in most fertile, well drained soils. 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.