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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - February 15th, 2014.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

Crocus just added these new items

cherry 'Stella' (cherry)

cherry ‘Stella’ (cherry) £11.99
Position: full sun Soil: deep, moist but well-drained soil Rate of growth: fast-growing Ultimate size on Gisela 5 rootstock: 3.5 x 3.5m (10x10ft) Ultimate size on Colt rootstock : 6 x 6m (20x20ft) Flowering period: April to May Hardiness: fully hardy An exceptional, self-fertile, sweet cherry with large dark red or black fruit. White flowers appear in mid-spring, followed by delicious, juicy cherries which are ready for picking in late July. It is a vigorous grower, starting with an upright habit, spreading as it matures. An early and prolific cropper, that will usually start to crop within 2 – 3 years. It also makes a good pollinator for other cherries. Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Lightly prune in summer to retain the shape and cut back any dead, diseased or branches which cross to healthy wood.

Lamium 'orvala' (dead nettle)

Lamium ‘orvala’ (dead nettle) £8.99
Position: partial to full shade Soil: any garden soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: May to July Flower colour: pinkish purple Other features: non-invasive variety Hardiness: fully hardy A non-invasive dead nettle with slightly hairy, dark green leaves and spikes of pinkish purple flowers in late spring and summer. A delicate looking plant that’s perfect for a woodland garden where it thrives in most soils in a shady spot. Garden care: Divide plants in autumn or early spring

Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' (sneezeweed)

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ (sneezeweed) £5.99
Position: full sun Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June to August Hardiness: fully hardy Producing its flowerheads from early to mid-summer, this is one of the first Heleniums into flower each year. Surrounding the brown central cone, which gradually turns yellow and becomes more conspicuous as the disc florets open from the outer edge, the elongated ray florets are variably and attractively coloured with a mix of yellow and burnt orange to ochre red streaks. Garden care: Heleniums are versatile plants that love plenty of sunshine and moist soil. They rarely suffer from pests or diseases, however young plants do need to be protected from slug attack. Tall varieties need to be staked. To encourage the plant to repeat flower deadhead back to side shoots that have flower buds emerging. Cut back by half after flowering to help prevent mildew. Cut down to the ground in late winter. Every two to three years divide the plants in spring to keep them in top condition. When replanting add loads of well-rotted organic matter to the soil to feed them and keep them moist.