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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - June 29th, 2014.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New items today at Crocus

Acer palmatum 'Shaina' (Japanese maple 'Shaina')

Acer palmatum ‘Shaina’ (Japanese maple ‘Shaina’) £39.99
Terracotta pot shown is not included see link below to buy the pot seperately. Position: partial shade or full sun Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to acid soil Rate of growth: slow-growing Flowering period: April to May Hardiness: fully hardy Garden care: Add a top-dressing of a well-balanced fertiliser around the base of a newly planted tree in late spring and keep well watered. No routine pruning is required, just remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in late autumn or winter when they are fully dormant.

Kitchen garden terracotta pot

Kitchen garden terracotta pot £39.99
These decorative terracotta pots are one of the best selling pots from our exclusive hand-thrown terracotta pot range. These look great full of heavenly scented rosemary or lavender on the edge of the patio or either side of your doorway to greet guests when they arrive. Measurements: Medium – width 40cm x height 30cm Large – width 48cm x height 37cm We thin k these classic, unfussy designs work best in an English garden. Although the in spiration came from Tuscany, the pots have been made in Turkey. They are hand th rown (sometimes from 2 pieces of clay for the larger pots) by Argun and his son who are the 3rd and 4th generation of potters from the Izmir region on the Aege an coast. The clay from this area ages to a lovely patina, as the salts slowly l each to the surface. Each pot is fired to 1080 degrees C (to make it as frost proof as possible) and has an extra large drainage hole in the base. Available in more than one size. All sizes sold separately.

Canna 'E. Neubert' (Indian shot)

Canna ‘E. Neubert’ (Indian shot) £19.99
Position: full sun (or indoors in full light shaded from hot sun) Soil: fertile, well-drained soil or loam-less potting compost Flowering period: June to September Hardiness: half hardy (will need winter protection) A must-have for the summer garden, this exotic-looking Indian shot has impressive purple-green foliage, which throughout summer is topped with even more impressive orange-red flowers. It is a dazzling plant for a tropical-themed planting scheme, and it can also be used to add height to summer bedding displays. Garden care: Pot the rhizomes up into 20cm pots filled with a good quality compost. The rhizomes should be planted shallowly, just covering them with compost, but making sure that any new shoots are above soil level. Water lightly and then grow them on at temperatures above 10C, increasing the water as they start to grow. Gradually harden off before planting out after all risk of frost has passed. Water regularly during the growing season, applying a phosphorus-rich liquid fertiliser each month. In frost-prone areas lift the rhizomes in autumn and store in a frost-free environment in barely-moist compost or leaf mould.

Lonicera periclymenum 'Rhubarb & Custard' (honeysuckle)

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Rhubarb & Custard’ (honeysuckle) £14.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: June to September Hardiness: fully hardy An impressive new form that will produce a mass of large flower clusters throughout the summer. Their colour is rich and their scent divine, and the bees will love them too. Later, red berries are held well into autumn. This is a top performer, but it is relatively compact, so it is a ideal for smaller gardens or patio pots topped with an obelisk. Easy to grow and undemanding, it will tolerate light shade, however you will get more flowers in a sunnier spot. Garden care: Cut back established plants after flowering if they outgrow the available space, removing up to a third of the flowering shoots. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' (red abyssinian / Ethiopian banana (syn. Musa ensete rubra))

Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ (red abyssinian / Ethiopian banana (syn. Musa ensete rubra)) £9.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: humus-rich soil (or loam-based potting compost – John Innes no. 3 for container-grown specimens) Rate of growth: fast-growing Hardiness: tender (will need winter protection) One of the showiest plants for the summer garden, this Abyssinian banana grows at the rate of knots in summer (if kept well fed and watered) producing amazing burgundy-flushed green leaves. it makes a spectacular specimen plant for an exotic-style garden in a frost-free area. Where temperatures fall below 7°C (45°F) it’s best grown in a large pot that can be moved under glass during the colder months, or keep it in a temperate greenhouse, shaded from hot sun throughout the year. Garden care: During the growing season water regularly and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each month. In frost-prone areas lift outdoor specimens before the first frosts, reducing the top-growth to the newest 2 or 3 leaves and cutting back the long roots. Overwinter under glass in a frost-free greenhouse until all risk of frost has passed.

Trifolium ochroleucum (sulphur clover)

Trifolium ochroleucum (sulphur clover) £4.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: fast Flowering period: May to August Hardiness: fully hardy This undemanding and easy to grow groundcover puts on a good show in summer with its bobble-like flower clusters, which appear throughout summer. Showcased in Luciano Guibbilei’s garden for Laurent-Perrier in 2014, where it was one of the most talked about plants. Garden care: Grow in moist but well drained soil with a neutral pH in a sunny spot.

Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit mixture (coneflower)

Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit mixture (coneflower) £3.49
Position: full sun Soil: most soils, except very dry or boggy Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June to September Hardiness: fully hardy Red, orange, yellow and cream coloured flowers top the well branching stems for several weeks from late summer onwards, helping to attract pollinating insects and birds to the garden. Tolerant of drought once established. Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring. In autumn cut back all dead flower stems to the ground. Coneflower s benefit from a spring or autumn mulch with well-rotted compost.

Penstemon 'Pensham Plum Jerkum' (beard tongue)

Penstemon ‘Pensham Plum Jerkum’ (beard tongue) £2.49
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: July to October Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection) From early summer to mid-autumn, upright flower spikes rise above the clumps of semi-evergreen foliage, bearing white-throated, plum-purple flowers. An invaluable late-flowering gap-filler, it mixes easily with ornamental grasses. Garden care: Remove the faded blooms regularly to prolong flowering. Apply a dry mulch around the base of the plant to protect the roots from frost damage in autumn. Leave the old foliage to protect the new shoots from frost and then cut it back by a third in spring.