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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - January 20th, 2010.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New products at Crocus

deciduous azalea
deciduous azalea £15.99
Position: partial shadeSoil: moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compostRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: May and JuneFlower colour: yellowOther features: vivid bonfire shades in autumnHardiness: fully hardySweetly scented, yellow, funnel shaped blooms in May and June and mid green leaves, which take on vivid bonfire shades in autumn. This vigorous, deciduous azalea looks great planted in a mixed border with other evergreen trees or shrubs. As long as it’s given moist, well-drained acid soil it will tolerate full sun.Garden care: Avoid planting too deeply. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of leaf mould around the base of the plant each spring.

camellia £14.99
Position: partial or dappled shadeSoil: moist, humus-rich, well-drained acidic soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: December and JanuaryHardiness: fully hardyA gorgeous camellia with showy, peony-like, ruby-red flowers from early to mid-winter. This spreading, evergreen shrub has glossy, dark green leaves that catch the winter sun, and the flowers appear just when the garden seems to need some colour. A lovely plant for a small garden or in a winter border.Garden care: Protect from cold, dry winds and early morning sun as buds may be damaged by cold winds and late frosts. Water established plants in dry weather to prevent buddrop. Apply a liquid plant food in mid-spring and mulch annually with leaf mould or shredded bark. After flowering, lightly trim or prune any branches that spoil the look of the shrub.
camellia £14.99
Position: partial shade (but not east-facing)Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil (or ericaceous compost for container-grown specimens)Rate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardyFragrant, single, pink-tinged white flowers glow against the lustrous, dark green leaves of this early-flowering, award-winning camellia. The delicate petals start to unfurl in October just when the garden is most in need of colour and scent. Strongly upright in habit, it’s best grown in a sheltered spot.Garden care: To prevent damage to the emerging buds and flowers protect from cold, dry winds and early morning sun. Water established plants in dry weather to prevent bud drop. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser in mid-spring and again in June. Top-dress annually with shredded bark or well-rotted leaf mould. After flowering, lightly trim or prune any branches that spoil the appearance of the plant. 
clematis (group 3)
clematis (group 3) £9.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, well-drained, neutral soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: July to OctoberFlower colour: very pale pinkOther features: popular in Japanese style gardensHardiness: fully hardy This wonderful variety has enormous, single flowers, which grow up to 18cm across. The colour is the palest shade of pink with rosy-lavender margins and stamens. The flowers have a beautiful satin sheen to them, and the under-side is a very deep rosy-lavender with maroon veins. The leaves are dark green and glossy and some may remain on the plant during milder winters. A great Clematis for a pot, provided they do not become too hot or dry out.Garden care: In early spring cut back the previous year’s stems to a pair of strong buds about 15-20cm (6-8in) above ground-level and apply a slow-release balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the plant, avoiding the immediate crown.
False Holly
False Holly £8.49
This dense, rounded, evergreen shrub has glossy, dark green, holly like leaves and fabulous, jasmine scented tubular flowers from late summer to autumn, followed by oval, blue-black fruit. A great structural plant for a shrub or mixed border in sun or part shade, it needs to be protected from cold north and east winds.Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: July to September Flower colour: whiteOther features: oval, blue-black fruitHardiness: fully hardy Garden care: Minimal pruning is required. Remove misplaced, dead or diseased branches in late spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Goes well with: Myrtus communis, Choisya ternata ‘Aztec Pearl’, Deutzia x magnifica, Sarcococca confusa, Clematis viticella ‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’, Galanthus nivalis.
bleeding heart
bleeding heart £6.49
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moist, humus-rich rich, preferably neutral to slightly alkalineRate of growth: averageFlowering period: April to MayHardiness: fully hardyThis vibrant, compact variety of bleeding hear produces a profusion of deep crimson, heart-shaped flowers from late spring to early summer above feathery, grey-green leaves. Easy to grow, it looks fabulous planted in groups towards the front of a shady border. As long as the ground is kept moist it will thrive in full sun or partial shade.Garden care: Lift and divide large clumps in late autumn when the leaves have died down, or in early spring before the new growth appears, taking care not to damage the fragile roots.
elephant's ears (syn. Winter Fairy)
elephant’s ears (syn. Winter Fairy) £6.49
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: any soilRate of growth: average to fastFlowering period: April to MayHardiness: fully hardyCommonly known as elephant’s ears, because of their large, leathery, oval leaves, bergenias have become fashionable again. This is thanks to the number of new cultivars that have become widely available and to their usefulness in the garden. Bergenias are low maintenance, evergreen, will grow in sun or shade and tolerate a wide range of soils, including dry soils and clay. This variety has deep pink flowers in early spring and after it has been hit by a hard frost in autumn, the foliage will turn an attractive shade of red and remain that way until the temperatures start to rise again. Garden care: After flowering remove faded flowerheads. Cut off damaged foliage in spring. Lift and divide large clumps in early spring.
bistorta £5.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: any moist soilRate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: July to NovemberHardiness: fully hardyLong tapers clustered with tiny, fluffy, deep crimson flowers rise from mid summer until the first frosts above semi-evergreen, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves. This compact, clump-forming, vigorous perennial has handsome foliage and quickly makes dense groundcover in sun or partial shade. Plant it in bold swathes to add vertical interest in the border right through till late autumn. Persicaria does not like dry soil, so performs best in a bog garden or beside a pond. Bees and other insects love it too !Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in spring or autumn.
windflower £5.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moist, fertile, humus-rich soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: July to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardyAs the name suggests, Hadspen Abundance is very free-flowering and keeps on producing masses of cup-shaped, deep pink, semi-double flowers with reddish-pink outer petals from July through to September. A fabulous plant for adding late summer colour to the garden, this anemone will also grow in sun or shade. The leaves are semi-evergreenand deeply cut and bring interesting texture to a herbaceous border. It is clump-forming and looks good with most late-flowering plants, especially if it is allowed to spread gently among perennials and shrubs.Garden care: Cut back the stalks after after the flowers have faded, and tidy up old dead leaves in March, then mulch well.  Avoid moving the plant since it resents disturbance. Where necessary lift and divide congested clumps in autumn or early spring.