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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - September 11th, 2010.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

Crocus has these new lines today

elephants ears
elephants ears £8.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: any soilRate of growth: average to fastFlowering period: March to AprilHardiness: fully hardyIn the Royal Horticultural Society’s Encyclopedia of Perennials, this plant is described as ‘superb’. Like all Bergenias it makes a tough and handsome, evergreen groundcover, which is ideal for carpeting the ground under trees and shrubs. The lush foliage is a rich green and holds its colour well throughout the winter. In early spring, this fine cultivar produces sprays of white flowers, which develop a pink blush as they mature. They make a welcome addition to the early spring garden, while the foliage provides more enduring interest.Garden care: After flowering remove faded flowerheads. Cut off damaged foliage in spring. Lift and divide large clumps in early spring.

woodlodge-spang-standard-terracotta-pot £7.99
This classic Victorian pot evokes images of Mr MacGregor and Peter Rabbit, and was incredibly popular in an era when British gardening was the model for the rest of the world. Practical then and still stylish now, this pot has exceptional uniformity, consistency and beauty. Perfect for all plants and available in a range of sizes.
periwinkle £7.99
Position: full sun to full shadeSoil: tolerant of most soilsRate of growth: average, non-invasiveFlowering period: April-June and then August- SeptemberFlower colour:powder blueHardiness: fully hardyNot to be confused with some of the coarser forms, this selected Vinca produces pretty star-shaped flowers of pale blue on arching stems. There are two seasonal flowering peaks; the first in spring, then again in late summer, but one can enjoy a light scattering of flowers almost continuously between these peiods. The shiny, oval leaves are reliably evergreen, creating a welcome bright carpet to any shaded planting.Garden care: Trim off old outer foliage in early spring to reveal new central growth which bears the flowers.
masterwort £6.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, moist, preferably humus-rich soilRate of Growth: average to fastFlowering period: June to AugustHardiness: fully hardyThis is one of the darkest-flowered astrantias, with deep, ruby red pincushion-like flowers with a ruff of longer bracts than many other varieties. The leaves are pretty, too; deeply lobed and dark green.  Although it is an old cottage-garden favourite, this astrantia works equally well in contemporary-style plantings. Use towards the front of a sunny, yet moist border, where the flower colour can be fully appreciated.Astrantias have been cultivated in Britain since the 16th century and have numerous common names, such as melancholy gentleman, Hattie’s pincushion and the more well-known masterwort.Garden care: Astrantias do not like to dry out. Incorporate plenty of organic matter when planting and water well in dry weather especially newly established plants. Lift and divide large clumps in early spring and apply a generous 5-7 cm mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant. Divided specimens may take some time to establish since they don’t like having their roots disturbed.