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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - September 7th, 2014.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

Crocus just added these new products

chestnut 'Marhlac' (chestnut)

chestnut ‘Marhlac’ (chestnut) £34.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: deep, loamy, well-drained soil with a slightly acidic pH Rate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: April and May Hardiness: fully hardy If you like the idea of roasting chestnuts, then this handsome tree will provide you will bucket-fulls when it has had a chance to become established (usually after 5 or more years). It is an early to mid-season hybrid variety, which is a vigorous grower, and it will produce large, mahogany-red nuts, that store well after being harvested. It is partially self-fertile, so does not need a pollination partner, but it will produce an even bigger crop if there is another chestnut planted nearby. Garden care: Remove crossing or wayward branches when dormant in late winter or early spring. When roasting the nuts, make sure you prick them first to stop them ‘exploding’.

Quercus palustris 'Green Dwarf' (pin oak)

Quercus palustris ‘Green Dwarf’ (pin oak) £29.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: any deep, well-drained soil Rate of growth: slow-growing Flowering period: May to June Hardiness: fully hardy This miniature tree is a type of pin oak, but it is a small, slow-growing form that is ideal for smaller gardens. It has had some initial training, so currently has a stem height of around 40cm, with branching on top. From spring to autumn the lustrous green foliage will add colour and form, and then in autumn, it turns bright shades of scarlet before it falls. Given time, this tree will grow to around 2.5m tall, but its beautiful silhouette can be enjoyed even while it is still quite small. Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole.

Calendar seed box

Calendar seed box £15.99
We thought it would be really handy to have a way of organising seed packets by the month they should be planted. So we designed these, which will hold the large bean seed packets – you know, those big ones that wont fit into most seed storage tins. Dimensions: height 20cm x width 13cm x depth 26cm

Ceramic pot with tete a tete (Ceramic pot with tete a tete)

Ceramic pot with tete a tete (Ceramic pot with tete a tete) £12.99
Daffodils add bright colour and a sense of spring to your home and garden. In this gift set, we have potted up 7 bulbs of Narcissus tete a tete (one of the most popular dwarf daffs, with clusters of up to three deep golden-yellow flowers on each stem) into a glazed ceramic pot. They are sent out dressed with moss, as well-rooted plants, but they will need growing on before they start to flower. They will then go on to provide several weeks of colour. After they have finished flowering, the bulbs can be planted in the garden, where they will appear year after year. Make sure your gift arrives looking really fabulous by adding giftwrap in the checkout. Pot measures: 18cm tall x 17cm wide.

Weigela 'Ebony and Ivory' (weigelia)

Weigela ‘Ebony and Ivory’ (weigelia) £12.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average to fast Flowering period: May and June Hardiness: fully hardy This new weigela has quite unique colouring. The foliage is a rich, deep green, but takes on hints of plum as the summer progresses. These form a lush backdrop for the red-throated white trumpets, that smother the stems in early summer. A low-growing, spreading form, it is great for livening up the front of the border and will also do well in pots. Garden care: Once established prune each year in midsummer after flowering, removing one or two of the older stems to the base and cutting back the flowered stems to strong shoots below the spent flowers.

Sedum Blue Pearl  ('Sunsparkler') (PBR) (stonecrop)

Sedum Blue Pearl (‘Sunsparkler’) (PBR) (stonecrop) £6.99
Position: full sun Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil Rate of growth: average to fast-growing Flowering period: August to September Hardiness: fully hardy The colour of the fleshy foliage is reason enough to grow this drought-tolerant sun-lover, as it is a dusky shade of purple that intensifies as the summer progresses, providing a beautiful contrast to silvers and pinks. This plant is also valuable though for its long flowering season, producing small clusters of bright pink blooms, which are irrisistable to butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects. A great little plant for the front of the border or pot. Garden care: Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Once established, sedums can have a tendency to flop leaving an open and unsightly centre, especially in fertile soil. One technique to help prevent this is the ‘Chelsea chop’. During the last week of May (Chelsea Flower Show week), cut one in every three stems back to the ground. This will produce plants that are less lush and flower slightly later.