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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - July 8th, 2010.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

Crocus has these new items today

Japanese hydrangea vine
Japanese hydrangea vine £19.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soilRate of growth: initially slow-to-establish Flowering period: July Flower colour: creamy-whiteOther features: toothed, dark green leaves on long stalksHardiness: fully hardyAn attractive deciduous climber producing slightly fragrant, creamy- white flower-heads up to 25cm across, that resemble lacecap hydrangeas, in mid-summer. Japanese hydrangea vine is ideal for covering a large wall or fence or for training through a robust tree. Initially it is slow-to-establish, but it copes well with most conditions except extremely alkaline soil. As it grows it will attach itself to its support by aerial roots.Garden care: Plant at least 60cm (24in) away from a host plant, fence or wall. Tie in to a support and train until established. After flowering cut back the flowered shoots to within 2-4 of the permanent framework of the plant.

cranesbill £7.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: fast growingFlowering period: July to OctoberHardiness: fully hardyOne of the later-flowering geraniums, this has soft, blue-mauve flowers with a distinctive splash of white around the centre and deeper purple veins. The flower colour intensifies as the weather gets colder and the plant keeps on flowering until October. The pretty, marbled foliage quickly forms dense drifts, valuable for suppressing weeds, and turns a fabuluous shade of red in autumn.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.
oriental poppy
oriental poppy £6.49
Position: full sunSoil: moist, well-drainedRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: May to JulyHardiness: fully hardyA really exuberant oriental poppy, with sumptuous, large pillar-box red flowers in early summer and downy, mid green leaves. The silky tissue-paper petals of this tall, strong-stemmed poppy are splashed with black and each flower has a dark, velvety centre. Although the flowers of all oriental poppies are ephemeral, they are easy to grow, bring a zing to any planting scheme and each plant will produce several flowers. It cut back after flowering, they may even produce a second flush. Plant in a sunny border, alongside grasses or late summer-flowering perennials, such as dahlias, which will provide interest when the plant has died back.Garden care: Cut back to ground level after flowering. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn.