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Price reductions at Crocus

by Sarah - July 12th, 2014.
Filed under: Crocus, Price Reductions.

Reduced price on lines today at Crocus

Euphorbia cyparissias 'Fens Ruby' (cypress spurge)

Euphorbia cyparissias ‘Fens Ruby’ (cypress spurge) was £4.99 now £3.99
Position: full sun Soil: light, well-drained garden soil Rate of growth: vigorous Flowering period: May to July Hardiness: fully hardy Upright stems are strung with whorls of purple-flushed, lance-shaped leaves, which produce the best colour in a sunny spot. In early summer, rounded clusters of citrus-yellow flowerheads appear above the foliage. This is a gorgeous, deciduous, spreading perennial that looks great planted towards the front of a sunny border or as part of a Mediterranean scheme. It also makes excellent ground cover. It can run amok if left unattended though so make sure to deadhead before it sets seed and that unwanted seedlings are removed promptly. Garden care: When working with spurges always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant.

Geranium 'Johnson's Blue' (cranesbill)

Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ (cranesbill) was £7.99 now £4.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, well-drained soil Rate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: May – August Hardiness: fully hardy Deep lavender-blue, saucer-shaped flowers appear in early summer among deeply di vided, mid-green leaves. The loose clusters of lavender-blue flowers, become paler at the centre, look lovely weaving in and out of the front of a mixed border or at the base of flowering shrubs. This geranium rapidly forms a dense carpet of foliage, va luable for suppressing weeds, and if cut back after flowering, will usually prod uce a second flush of flowers later in the summer. Garden care: In midsummer rejuvenate plants that are beginning to look jaded, by removing old flowered stems and leaves. Lift and divide large colonies in spring.

Verbena bonariensis (purple top)

Verbena bonariensis (purple top) was £5.99 now £4.99
Position: full sun Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average to fast-growing Flowering period: June to September Hardiness: borderline hardy (will need protection in winter in colder areas) Tightly packed clusters of lilac-purple flowers on tall, stiff, branching stems from June to September. This stylish perennial has been enjoying a resurgence of interest in recent years. Perfect for a sheltered, sunny, well-drained spot, its open, transparent shape means that it can easily be used at the front or middle of the border despite its height. Garden care: In cold conditions Verbena bonariensis can suffer dieback if cut back in autumn, so it’s best to leave the plant until spring and cut back the old growth when you see the new shoots emerging at the base. Also it’s a good idea to mulch around the base of the plant with a deep, dry mulch in winter to help protect the plant. Where the plant is grown in partial shade the stems may need to be supported – if this is necessary use natural materials such as brushwood or twiggy pea-sticks.