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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - September 30th, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New products added today at Crocus

stag's horn sumach
stag’s horn sumach £8.99
Position: full sunSoil: moist but well-drained, moderately-fertile soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: June to August Flower colour: conical clusters of yellow-green flowersOther features: on female plants the flowers are followed by deep crimson-red fruitHardiness: fully hardyAn upright, deciduous shrub or small tree with finely-cut dark green leaflets turning spectacular shades of orange-red in autumn. Stag’s horn sumach is an excellent specimen plant for a small sunny garden. Since it spreads by suckering avoid planting too close to a lawn or surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier that will restrict the plant’s spread.Garden care: Wearing stout gardening gloves remove any suckering shoots that arise around the base of the plant.

masterwort £6.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, moist, preferably humus-rich soilRate of Growth: average to fastFlowering period: June to AugustHardiness: fully hardyThis is one of the darkest-flowered astrantias, with deep, ruby red pincushion-like flowers with a ruff of longer bracts than many other varieties. The leaves are pretty, too; deeply lobed and dark green.  Although it is an old cottage-garden favourite, this astrantia works equally well in contemporary-style plantings. Use towards the front of a sunny, yet moist border, where the flower colour can be fully appreciated.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 to dry out. Incorporate plenty of organic matter when planting and water well in dry weather especially 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.
coral bells
coral bells £5.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, moist or well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: June to AugustHardiness: fully hardyA terrific new variety that’s perfect for adding a colourful edge to paths and borders. The silvery, scalloped leaves, have contrasting dark green edges and purple veining. In summer, sprays of tiny, ivory, bell-shaped flowers appear above the mounds of foliage. It is semi-evergreen and makes an eyecatching feature in a pot. Garden care: Heucheras do not like dry soil. Remove tatty foliage in autumn. Lift and divide clumps every couple of years 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 round the crown of the plant in spring.
lenten rose
lenten rose £3.99
Position: partial shadeSoil: heavy, neutral to alkaline soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: February to April Flower colour: white/pink/red and may have specklesOther features: all parts of the plant cause severe discomfort if ingested; the sap may cause skin irritationHardiness: fully hardy (borderline)Pretty, pendent or outward-facing, saucer-shaped, white or greenish-cream flowers from February to April and leathery, deep green leaves. The petals of these lovely Lenten roses become pinker with age. Attractive ground cover plants for areas of dappled shade under deciduous trees and shrubs, they prefer a heavy, neutral to alkaline soil. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee what colour you get but the flowers are available in a fantastic colour range, either white, pink or red.Garden care: Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn and provide a top-dressing of general fertiliser each spring.