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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - January 16th, 2015.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New items today at Crocus

Campanula persicifolia 'Powder Puff' (peach-leaved bellflower)

Campanula persicifolia ‘Powder Puff’ (peach-leaved bellflower) £8.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June and July Hardiness: fully hardy This is a beautiful plant, with fully petalled flowers that top upright stems from early summer. If you have a herbaceous border or cottage garden style planting scheme, then you really should consider including this for its elegant habit and powder puff-like flowers. Garden care: Protect the tender foliage from slugs and deadhead regularly. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost around the base of the plant in spring. Stake with bamboo canes or brushwood in spring before the flowers appear. Deadhead to prolong flowering

Inula helenium (elencampe)

Inula helenium (elencampe) £7.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, deep, moisture-retentive soil Rate of growth: fast Flowering period: June to August Hardiness: fully hardy Throughout the summer this magnificent perennial produces it brown-eyed, yellow daisies on tall stems, which tower over the border. An impressive plant – not just for its stature, but also for its ease of growth and sunny disposition, it will quickly fill gaps towards the back of the border, provided it has deep fertile soil and a reliable source of water. Garden Care: Divide over-large clumps in spring or autumn. In more exposed positions, use brushwood or bamboo canes to provide support.

Euphorbia palustris 'Walenburg's Glorie' (spurge)

Euphorbia palustris ‘Walenburg’s Glorie’ (spurge) £7.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: moist, well-drained. Will tolerate heavier soils Rate of Growth: fast-growing Flowering period: May to June Hardiness: fully hardy The fresh lime green of these flowerheads is such a great colour to have in the border. It mixes with lots of strong colours including rich purples, blues, deep plum to near-black and orange – and it looks really fresh. A robust herbaceous spurge, it may produce a second (less prolific) flush of flowers, and the foliage may take on good autumn colour if it is grown in a sunny spot. It’s dazzling! Garden care: Plants may need staking. After flowering remove the faded flower-heads. When working with spurges always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant.