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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - May 10th, 2014.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

Crocus just added these new products

Veratrum nigrum (false hellebore)

Veratrum nigrum (false hellebore) £39.99
Position: partial shade – or full sun if the soil doesn’t dry out Soil: deep, fertile, moist but well drained soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June to July Flower colour: greeny-cream Other features: all parts of the plant are highly toxic if eaten and contact with the foliage may irritate the skin Hardiness: fully hardy A rhizomatous perennial that is found growing in damp meadows and open woodland throughout the northern hemisphere, this plant will thrive in rich, moist soils in a lightly shaded spot. The pleated mid to dark green leaves form a cluster from which tall, branching spikes emerge in early summer. These spikes are covered in masses of tiny, star-shaped, greenish-white flowers. A widely used remedy in homeopathic medicine, parts of this plant have also been used in the past as arrow poison. Garden care: Try to keep it well watered and protect it from cold, drying winds.

Eremurus 'Joanna' (foxtail lily)

Eremurus ‘Joanna’ (foxtail lily) £24.99
Position: full sun Soil: fertile, sandy, well-drained soil Rate of growth: fast Flowering period: June and July Flower colour: white Other features: strap shaped, bluish green leaves Hardiness: fully hardy Dramatic spikes of pure white flowers in early and midsummer rise above above strap shaped, bluish-green leaves. This spectacular foxtail lily is perfect for creating a bold statement in a sunny, well-drained border. It’s best partnered with other summer-flowering perennials and tall grasses which help to mask the plant’s short lived foliage. Foxtail lilies need to be planted in fertile but well-drained soil with the crown not far below soil level. They start to grow in late winter and spring, gathering their strength before they produce their towering flower spikes in summer. Each flower spike has hundres of flowers which open from the bottom upwards, creating a stunning effect. They thrive in the sunniest spot in the garden, especially if the base of the plant isn’t shaded as this can decrease the number of flowering spikes produced. Garden care: In September every three to five years carefully lift and divide congested clumps. Replant the strongest crown on a layer of sharp grit, spreading out the roots and covering them with a thin (5cm/2in) layer of soil. In frost-prone areas cover with a dry mulch of fern leaves

Geo lantern

Geo lantern £19.99
These were inspired by old railway lanterns. The mirrored base reflects the light. It can be used free standing, or hanging up somewhere indoors or out. Made from nickel plated brass. Dimensions: Large: height 40.5cm x diameter 24cm x depth 24cm Small: height 29cm x diameter 20.5cm x depth 20.5cm

Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' (false indigo)

Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ (false indigo) £9.99
Position: full sun Soil: deep, moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June Other features: the flowers are followed by dark grey seed- pods; mid- to deep green leaves Hardiness: fully hardy A wonderful new hybrid from North Carolina Botanical Garden, it’s greyish violet pea-like flowers form in long spikes that are supported by near-black stems. This false indigo is perfect for a well-drained border or a dry, sunny bank as it will become drought tolerant once well established. Resist the temptation to cut the plant back in autumn as the seed-pods and slender stems look wonderful frosted in the winter garden. Garden care: Lift and divide large colonies in early spring