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Price reductions at Crocus

by Sarah - July 17th, 2014.
Filed under: Crocus, Price Reductions.

Crocus reduced the price on these products today

Hordeum jubatum (squirrel tail grass)

Hordeum jubatum (squirrel tail grass) was £5.99 now £3.99
Position: full sun Soil: well drained, moderately fertile soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June – July Other features: the flowerheads can be cut and dried for floral arrangements Hardiness: fully hardy (annual or short-lived perennial) A beautiful annual or short lived perennial grass that produces long-bristled, pale green seedheads, that are flushed with red or purple and fade to light tan as they age. These feathery flower spikes are useful for cutting and drying if picked early. They usually produce loads of seed, so will come back year after year if they are in a good spot. It is great in seaside plantings as it is quite tolerant of salt, but avoid planting near livestock as the barbed awns around the seeds can cause problems if eaten. Garden care: Tolerates a wide range of conditions as long as it is in sun. It is usually one of the first plants to colonise empty ground – especially near the coast. Allow the flowerheads to develop fully if you want to collect the seed in autumn.

Nicotiana sylvestris (tobacco plant)

Nicotiana sylvestris (tobacco plant) was £4.99 now £3.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: July to September Flower colour: pure white Other Features: contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation Hardiness: half hardy annual Eye-catching heads of sweetly scented, pure white, trumpet-shaped flowers on towering stems from July to September above rosettes of dark green leaves. At dusk the flowers of this wonderful, white tobacco plant start to give off their fabulous fragrance. For maximum enjoyment plant in bold drifts in a sunny, sheltered border close to a patio, entrance or seating area. Garden care: Keep the soil or compost moist by watering regularly during dry spells and feed with a balanced fertiliser every fourteen days. Although usually grown as an annual, plants that are protected with a dry mulch may survive mild winters where temperatures only occasionally fall below -5°C (23°F)

Paeonia lactiflora 'Monsieur Jules Elie' (paeony / peony)

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Monsieur Jules Elie’ (paeony / peony) was £14.99 now £11.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, moisture-retentive yet well-drained Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June to July Flower colour: pink Other features: ideal as cut flowers Hardiness: fully hardy Rose pink, fragrant, double summer flowers with a silver sheen contrast well with the green leaves. It is an heirloom variety dating from the late nineteenth century, and for decades it has been one of the most popular pink peonies. A delightful plant, which is perfect for the middle of a partially sunny border, the scented blooms make fabulous cut flowers. Garden care: In early spring apply a balanced slow-release fertiliser around the base of the plant and mulch with well-rotted compost or manure. Fungal diseases may occur in cool, wet springs so prune out any affected parts and spray the remaining sections with fungicide. Deadhead after flowering.