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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - July 28th, 2013.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

Crocus just added these new products

Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea' (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’ (pagoda dogwood) £29.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: deep, fertile, moisture retentive soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: May and June Flower colour: creamy-white Other features: the fruits may cause a mild stomach ache if ingested Hardiness: fully hardy Clusters of tiny, creamy-white flowers, which appea in May and June, are followed by spherical, blue-black fruit. The pretty tiered branches of this deciduous shrub or small tree are clothed with white-margined, bright green leaves and provide an excellent focal point in the garden. Chose a site in sun or dappled shade with fertile, moisture retentive soil. Garden care: In early spring remove any misplaced or crossing branches and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or horse manure around the base of the plant.

apple 'Scrumptious' (apple - self fertile)

apple ‘Scrumptious’ (apple – self fertile) £24.99
Position: full sun Soil: fertile, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average to fast-growing Ultimate size on MM106 rootstock: 5.5 x 5.5m (18 x 18ft) Ultimate size on M26 rootstock: 1.8 x 1.8m (6x6ft) Flowering period: April and May Hardiness: fully hardy Pollination Group: C – flowering mid to late season This is perfect for smaller gardens as you dont need another tree to produce a bumber crop of sweet, crisp and aromatic fruits that are ready to eat in September. It will be happy in a large pot, as long as it is kep well fed and watered, and it has a good resistance to many of the common diseases. We think it is going to be very popular. Garden care: Keep the base of the tree weed free, fertilise at the beginning of each year and water regularly during hot, dry spells. Remove damaged or crossing branches during the dormant season. Pollination Information: This apple belongs to pollination group C, however it is self fertile, so does not need a pollinating partner to produce a bumper crop of apples. It can also be used to cross-pollinate with other apples in this group.

Gillenia trifoliata (Bowman's root)

Gillenia trifoliata (Bowman’s root) £9.99
A pretty perennial that bears masses of irregularly star-shaped white flowers from late spring to late summer. In autumn the foliage turns fiery red and the winter seedheads are a bonus too. Ideal for growing as a cut flower. Position: partial shade Soil: fertile, well-drained soil, neutral to slightly acidic soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: May to August Flower colour: white Hardiness: fully hardy Garden care: Divide congested plants in spring or autumn. Protect young shoots from slug attack

Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 'Prinz Heinrich' (windflower)

Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘Prinz Heinrich’ (windflower) £5.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: moist, fertile, humus-rich soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: July to September Hardiness: fully hardy Spreading dark green, lobed leaves are topped with deep rose-purple, semi-double flowers with rolled or quilled petals, that fade in colour as they age. 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.

Luzula nivea (snowy woodrush)

Luzula nivea (snowy woodrush) £5.99
Position: partial to full shade Soil: poor to moderately-fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil Rate of growth: slow-growing Flowering period: June to July Hardiness: fully hardy Providing attractive ground cover throughout the year, the slender, hairy leaves form loose clumps, which in midsummer are topped with tall stems carrying elegant clusters of white flowers. It self-seeds freely, so prompt dead-heading will be required if you want to keep the clump small. Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies between April and June. Remove tatty foliage in autumn.

Acaena saccaticupula 'Blue Haze' (pirri pirri)

Acaena saccaticupula ‘Blue Haze’ (pirri pirri) £4.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil Flowering period: August to September Hardiness: fully hardy Steely grey-blue foliage, with a distinctive, fern-like appearance, provides year round colour. Towards the end of summer rusty red flowerheads appear, held well above the foliage on red stems. Later, the spiky burr-like fruits add further interest and last well into autumn. A wonderful little groundcover, once established it will becoem tolerant of drought. Garden care: The creeping stems will root along their length where they touch the ground, so it may be necessary to remove unwanted stems to restrict its spread.

Lilium 'Black Beauty' (lily)

Lilium ‘Black Beauty’ (lily) £4.99
Position: full sun Soil: well-drained soil enriched with leaf mould or a loam-based potting compost, such as John Innes no2 Rate of growth: average Flowering period: July Hardiness: fully hardy Stunning sprays of scented, turkscap, blackish-red flowers with green centres and white margins appear in midsummer. The flowers make a fabulous display at the back of the border, or grouped in a container. This great summer-flowering bulb is universally loved because of its showy flowers that light up the garden, but like all lilies, is susceptible to lily beetle. The RSPCA have recently reported that all parts of lilies can be fatal to cats, including the flower, leaves and pollen. For more information visit Garden care: Bulbs are best planted in autumn but can also be planted in spring. Plant them 2-3 times their own depth and the equivalent spacing between bulbs.

Gunnera manicata (Chile rhubarb)

Gunnera manicata (Chile rhubarb) £3.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: deep, permanently moist, humus-rich soil Rate of growth: average to fast-growing Flowering period: June Hardiness: fully hardy (borderline) A dramatic, architectural plant, with massive, deeply veined, rounded leaves hel d on stout, prickly stems. This majestic plant looks wonderful at the edge of a large pond or stream where its foliage is reflected in the water. One of the m ost spectacular plants that can be grown in Britain, it requires deep, permanent ly moist, humus-rich soil, lots of space and protection from cold, drying winds. Garden care: Cut back the dying leaves in autumn. In frost-prone ar eas protect the crown of the plant with a dry winter mulch such as straw.