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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - January 15th, 2010.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New products at Crocus

rose Wisley 2008 (shrub)
rose Wisley 2008 (shrub) £12.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: July to SeptemberFlower colour: pinkOther features: excellent cut-flowersHardiness: fully hardyNamed for the RHS Gardens at Wisley, this is a recent introduction, which should not be confused with another rose named ‘Wisley’ that does not display such a strong resistance to disease. This is an outstanding rose, with shallowly cupped flowers that form beautifully shaped rosettes up to 7.5cm (3″) across. These soft pink flowers have a fruity fragrance, and will continue to appear for a long period throughout summer along the softly arching stems. Busy and upright, this is an ideal choice for either formal or informal areas of the garden.Garden care: Plant during a frost-free spell, incorporating well-rotted organic matter and a balanced fertiliser into the planting hole. Ensure that the ‘bud union’ (the bulge at the base of the shoots) is 2.5cm (1in) below the soil.

Alpine Clematis (Group 1)
Alpine Clematis (Group 1) £8.49
This fabulous free-flowering clematis produces a profusion of deep blue, bell-shaped flowers from April to May. Ideal for a north- or east-facing site, it may be grown on its own or allowed to scramble through a strong shrub or tree. The fluffy seed-heads look lovely caught by the light of the sun.Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, well-drained soil, neutral soilRate of growth: average to fastFlowering period: April to MayFlower colour: blueOther features: fluffy seed-headsHardiness: fully hardyGarden care: No routine pruning is necessary. If the spread of the plant needs to be restricted prune immediately after flowering, cutting back overlong shoots to healthy buds. Apply a slow-release balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant in early spring.Goes well with: Alchemilla mollis, Brunnera macrophylla, Iris germanica, Helleborus argutifolius, Rosa banksiae var. banksiae, Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Gigantea Group’.