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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - November 25th, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New lines at Crocus

paeony / peony
paeony / peony £5.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, moisture-retentive yet well-drainedRate of growth: averageFlowering period: June to JulyHardiness: fully hardyPrized for their blowsy, glamorous blooms and glossy, deeply cut foliage, peonies are held in deep affection by many gardeners, despite their short flowering season and vulnerability to peony wilt in damp weather. It’s easy to see why. From the promise of early spring, when their red, mottled shoots push through bare earth and the handsome foliage unfurls from spherical red buds, to early summer, when the huge flowers burst open, peonies exert a fascination that few can resist. ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ has huge, bowl-shaped pure white, fragrant, double flowers, flushed green in bud, from early to midsummer. This classic, double-flowered peony from the mid nineteenth century is a favourite of the cut-flower trade. It will thrive in full sun or partial shade. Fill the bare ground around the peony before the leaves appear with spring bulbs to prolong the season of interest. Garden care: Deadhead after flowering. In early spring apply a top dressing of a balanced slow release fertiliser around the base of the plant and mulch with well-rotted compost or manure. If the plant shows signs of collapse or the leaves become spotty, this may be a symptom of peony botrytis. Remove affected leaves immediately. In the autumn, cut off all the foliage and dispose of it to prevent reinfection the following spring.

Large Cupped Daffodil
Large Cupped Daffodil £3.49
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: AprilFlower colour: creamy yellow fading to whiteOther features: excellent as cut-flowers; contact with the sap may cause skin irritationHardiness: fully hardyBulb Size: 12/14The narcissus is a favorite Easter flower in many parts of the world because of its bright, seasonal flowers. This is a lovely new variety which has soliatry, pure white, rounded blooms with wide, short cups that have a slight green tinge at the base. It is a mid season daff that is excellent for naturalizing along wood’s edge or underplanting in a mixed border.Garden care: Plant 10-15cm (4-6in) deep from late summer to early autumn. After flowering feed with a balanced fertiliser, dead-head and allow the leaves to die back naturally.
double late tulip
double late tulip £2.49
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: MayFlower colour: lilac-purpleOther features: excellent cut-flowersHardiness: fully hardyBulb Size: 12+A lovely late flowering, peony shaped, double lilac-purple tulip. The flowers can grow into big rounded globes roughly 10cm in diameter so it really packs a punch in the border.Garden care: In September to December plant bulbs 15-20cm deep and 10-15cm apart in fertile, well-drained soil. Alternatively, allow 7-9 bulbs per 30cm sq. After flowering dead-head and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each week for the first month. Once the foliage has died down naturally lift the bulbs and store in a cool greenhouse.
birthroot £2.49
Position: deep or partial shadeSoil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: AprilHardiness: fully hardyThe flowers on this variety can be variable, and can appear in shades of white, yellow or purple. They are however usually a deep beetroot-red. The other distinguishing feature of this variety is its plain green leaves, so choose this one if you are not a fan of leaf variegation. It is a native of east and north-eastern areas of North America and is very hardy.Garden care:Plant rhizomes 5cm deep and 5cm apart in autumn. Once planted they are best left undisturbed so they can build up their numbers. Mulch in the autumn with a generous layer of leafmould.