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Price reductions at Crocus

by Sarah - September 12th, 2010.
Filed under: Crocus, Price Reductions.

Crocus reduced the price on these lines today

convolvulus was £8.99 now £4.49
Position: full sunSoil: poor to moderately fertile, well-drained, gritty soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: May to JulyHardiness: frost hardy (may need protection in winter)A wonderful, evergreen shrub with cup-shaped, white flowers with pale yellow centres from late spring to summer. This plant is an asset to the garden for its shiny, silvery foliage, as well as its flowers. It is happiest in a hot, sunny border where it contrasts well with blues and purples, and it also looks stunning cascading over a wall. In areas with cold, wet winters it is best grown in a container.Garden care: Prune lightly after flowering to keep in shape.

lavender was £6.99 now £4.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: July to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardyA compact lavender, named after Gertrude Jekyll’s garden at Munstead Wood. It produces dense spikes of fragrant, bluish-purple summer flowers above slender, aromatic, grey-green leaves. This is a lovely lavender for edging paths and borders; the aromatic foliage perfumes the air if you brush against it. It also works well in a gravel garden, or clipped into a formal sphere for a contemporary look. The flower-spikes are highly attractive to bees and other nectar-loving insects. Garden care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded. Carefully trim back in April, taking care not to cut into old wood.
banana was £12.99 now £7.49
Position: full sun to partial shadeSoil: fertile, moist but well-drained soilRate of growth:fastFlowering period: July to SeptemberHardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)From the monsoonal mountain forests in extreme Eastern India, this colourful variegated, variety of banana is as cold-tolerant as the regular Musa sikkimensis. When they are mature, its huge, paddle-like leaves are streaked with dark purple zebra stripes on the upper surface and a reddish purple below. In summer, mature plants bear long-lasting, yellow flowers. Garden care: Though the root is fairly hardy the foliage does need to be protected with a mulch of fleece and straw in autumn.
Japanese banana
Japanese banana was £19.99 now £9.99
Position: mainly sunny, with a little midday shadeSoil: rich and fertile or loam based compost in potsRate of growth: average to fastFlowers: white flowers in bronze/red bractsFlower colour: creamy yellowOther features: unpalatable greeny-yellow fruitsHardiness: half hardy – will need protection in winterAn extraordinary, architectural plant with huge, green, paddle-like leaves that can each grow up to 3m long. It produces creamy yellow flowers in summer, that are often followed by yellowish-green fruit. These are not tasty enough to eat, however the plants look brilliant when incorporated into a jungle-style planting schemes, and can be potted up into large pots and treated as a dynamic feature.Garden care:Though the root is fairly hardy, you should apply a thick layer of mulch to protect the crown in autumn and protect the foliage with a blanket of fleece or straw. In colder areas, or where the soil remains heavy in winter, they are best grown in pots, so they can be over-wintered under glass.
bamboo was £34.99 now £19.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageLeaves: dark greenCanes: blue-greenHardiness: fully hardyA rare clump-forming, then spreading bamboo with attractive blue-green canes, that look like they ahve been dusted with white powder. The leaves are glossy and dark green though glaucous underneath. A superb specimen plant, it looks great in a contemporary, minimalist garden or a town garden. To prevent the plant from colonising adjacent plantings restrict the roots using a rigid, non-perishable barrier. Garden care: Plant in a large container or surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier that restricts the plant’s spread. If potted up, it is important that this plant is watered regularly.