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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - September 5th, 2013.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

Crocus has these new lines today

Cornus 'Celestial Shadow' (flowering dogwood)

Cornus ‘Celestial Shadow’ (flowering dogwood) £59.99
Position: full sun to part shade Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to acid soil Rate of growth: slow-growing Flowering period: May to June Flower colour: white flower bracts Other features: good autumn leaf colour Hardiness: fully hardy Recently introduced from the USA, this flowering dogwood is a new variegated form – and is being hailed as the best! Each green leaf has an irregular yellowish-green margin, and will take on bright red autumn tints. A cross between C. florida and C. kousa, it is incredibly hardy and can be trained to form a small tree over time. Garden care: Incorporate a good amount of well-rotted leafmould when planting and apply as a mulch each autumn, taking care not to crowd the main stems.

Dahlia 'Smarty' (dahlia tuber)

Dahlia ‘Smarty’ (dahlia tuber) £3.99
Position: full sun Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: July to September Flower colour: red and white Hardiness: half hardy (will need winter protection) Simple, star-like, Red flowers with random white petals and white streaks to pet petals, sturdy stems from midsummer. Each flower is made up of eight petals, which curl inwards towards their tip, around a golden center. Perfect for planting in pots on the patio as the tubers must be lifted and over-wintered in a frost-free place in all but the warmest areas. Garden care: Dahlia tubers can be planted outside after frost, or started off in pots under glass in late winter to early spring. Plant them horizontally approximately 12cm deep, making sure the ‘eyes’ are uppermost. Allow enough room between each tuber so the plants can grow and spread to their full size without being over-crowded. While in growth, provide a high-nitrogen liquid feed each week in June, then a high-potash fertiliser each week from July to September. Stake with canes or brushwood if it becomes necessary. In mild areas, leave them in situ over winter, but protect the crown with a generous layer of dry mulch. In colder areas, carefully lift and clean the tubers once the first frosts have blackened the foliage and allow them to dry naturally indoors. Then place the dry tubers in a shallow tray, just covered with slightly moist potting compost, sand or vermiculite and store in a frost-free place until planting out again.