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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - November 11th, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New lines added today at Crocus

flowering dogwood
flowering dogwood £59.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to acid soilRate of gRate of growth: averageFlowering period: May to JuneHardiness: fully hardyRecently hybridised in the US by Dr. E Orton, this new dogwood is the result of crossing Cornus nuttallii and Cornus kousa var. chinensis. The result is a beautiful small tree that is very tough and undemanding, has good drought tolerance and a high resistance to diseases. Its most striking feature however is the size of its creamy white bracts, which appear for several weeks from mid to late May. These are extremely large and can grow up to 15cm across, which creates a spectacular show, especially as they are usually produced in large numbers once the plant has become established. On more mature plants, these ‘flowers’ may be followed by large, strawberry-like fruits. This tree has the added bonus of providing spectacular autumn colour, when the large, glossy green leaves take on rich shades of yellow, orange and purple. Its compact habit and many interesting features make it a stunning focal point in a smaller garden.Garden care: Incorporate a good amount of well-rotted leafmould when planting. Requires minimal pruning.

spiked-ash-hiking-staff £15.99
The ash hiking staff is a practical walking stick suitable for everyday use in the countryside. Produced using the coppicing method, these sticks are formed from the shoot that grows when the upper part of a young ash tree is removed. They are grown in the woodland in Somerset, England. Height 120cm (47″). Fitted with a Combi-spike ferrule (a rubber ferrule fitted over a spiked one so that the stick may be used on hard and soft ground) and leather wrist strap.
cranesbill £5.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: average to fast growingFlowering period: July to OctoberHardiness: fully hardyDelicate, white, saucer-shaped flowers with pale lilac veins appear in late summer among very finely cut mid-green leaves. This hardy geranium is less vigorous than ‘Kashmir Purple’ but will spread to form large drifts that will help to smother weeds. Low maintenance and long flowering, it looks particularly effective planted in a sunny cottage garden, at the front of a herbaceous border, or at the foot of roses. 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.