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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - March 16th, 2016.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New products at Crocus

Cromer dining table and two benches

Cromer dining table and two benches £549.99
This elegant furniture set is made up of a table and two backless benches. Sure to make a statement on any patio, this will fit with most garden styles. Built to last from FSC certified Eucalyptus wood. Measurements: Table: height 71.5cm; length 180cm; width 65cm Bench: height 43.5cm; length 160cm; width 33.5cm

Oban folding bistro set

Oban folding bistro set £249.99
This is a useful occasional dining set for two in smaller spaces or as extra seating for larger parties. This set would also work well on balconies, in courtyards and on patios or as additional space for when all the family come round. This set is produced from Acacia. The tops and bases are finished with a protective coating, creating a weathered look. This set arrives partly assembled.

Camellia x williamsii 'Tiptoe' (camellia)

Camellia x williamsii ‘Tiptoe’ (camellia) £29.99
Position: partial shade (but not east-facing) Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil (or ericaceous compost for container-grown specimens) Rate of growth: average Flowering period: March to April Flower colour: pale pink Other features: glossy, deep green leaves Hardiness: fully hardy A staple for the shrub border, this upright Camellia will add year-round structure and interest with its lustrous, deep green foliage. In early and mid spring the semi-double, soft pink flowers open from fat buds to reveal a prominent boss of yellow stamens. A prolific flowerer, it will provide a centrepiece for the spring garden, and looks beautiful when underplanted with an array of rich pink, plum or white coloured, early flowering tulips. Garden care: To prevent damage to the emerging buds and flowers, protect the shrub from cold, dry winds and early morning sun. Water established plants in dry weather to prevent bud drop. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser in mid-spring and again in June. Top-dress annually with shredded bark or well-rotted leaf mould. After flowering lightly trim or prune any branches that spoil the appearance of the plant.

Dactylorhiza majalis (marsh orchid)

Dactylorhiza majalis (marsh orchid) £24.99
Position: partial shade Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: May to June Hardiness: Fully hardy Perfect for naturalising in reliably moist but well drained borders, meadows and edge of woodland, these hardy orchids are easy and undemanding bulbous perennials that produce a slender spire of pinkish purple flowers in late spring and early summer. The foliage is attractive too and sometimes has a smattering of burgundy spots. Garden care: Divide over-large clumps in early spring.

Magnolia Fairy White ('MicJur05') (PBR) (fairy magnolia)

Magnolia Fairy White (‘MicJur05’) (PBR) (fairy magnolia) £24.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: any moist but well-drained soil Rate of growth: average to fast Flowering period: March to May, then off and on until September Hardiness: fully hardy Another wonderful new magnolia from the renowned New Zealand breeder Mark Jury, this white-flowering evergreen produces its flowers along the stems (not just at the tips), so you get masses of flowers. The main flowering period is spring, however it is not uncommon to have them appear off and on right through summer and into autumn. A very beautiful specimen, they are also great for hedging as they do not mind being clipped back. It may be worth pointing out that in colder winters it may shed most (if not all) of its foliage. Garden care: Plant in a sheltered spot, away from strong winds. Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in spring. Mulch in spring with manure or leafmould, especially on dry soils.

Valeriana officinalis (valerian)

Valeriana officinalis (valerian) £9.99
Position: full sun or light shade Soil: moist but well drained soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June – August Flower colour: white or pale pink Other features: aromatic foliage Hardiness: fully hardy Tall branching stems, produce rounded or dome-shaped clusters of white to blush pink flowers from early summer above the mounds of aromatic, finely divided foliage. The flowers are very rich in nectar, and the leaves can be used in a number of herbal remedies. Its natural, billowing habit makes it ideally suited to wilder planting schemes. Garden care: Gather flower-heads for use in dried flower arrangements from mid to late-summer before the seedheads begin to ripen.

Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' (meadow rue)

Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ (meadow rue) £9.99
Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade Soil: fertile, moist soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June to July Hardiness: fully hardy A new variety of popular meadow rue, this has lavender-purple flowers held high on striking, jet-black stems. Each small flower is made up of tiny strands, like downy thistles, giving the plant a hazy, fluffy effect. The foliage is pretty, too, scalloped and lacy. This willowy, tall perennial makes a striking feature towards the back of a partially shady border, or as a contrast to larger-leaved plants. It looks at home and happy as part of a cottage-garden scheme, but it associates well with grasses, too. Garden care: May need supporting with brushwood or garden canes. Divide congested plants as new growth begins in spring, although divisions may be slow to re-establish. In autumn cut back flower stems to the ground.

Lilium regale  'Album' (regal lily)

Lilium regale ‘Album’ (regal lily) £8.99
An incredibly popular lily variety with almost pure white flowers and orange anthers and the huge trumpet-shaped blooms are highly fragrant too. Its not hard to see why lilies are one of the all time favourite summer- -flowering bulbs as they look superb in any garden scheme. Though they are best planted in autumn when the bulbs are still plump, lilies can still be planted in spring for an eye-catching summer display. The RSPCA have recently reported that all parts of lilies can be fatal to cats, including the flower, leaves and pollen. For more information visit Position: full sun Soil: well-drained soil enriched with leaf mould or a loam-based potting compost, such as John Innes no2 Rate of growth: average Flowering period: July Flower colour: pure white Other features: excellent cut-flowers Hardiness: fully hardy Garden care: Bulbs are best planted in autumn but can also be planted in spring. Plant them 2-3 times their own depth and the equivalent spacing between bulbs

Viola cornuta 'Alba Group' (horned violet)

Viola cornuta ‘Alba Group’ (horned violet) £8.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average to fast-growing Flowering period: May to August Flower colour: pure white Hardiness: fully hardy Masses of subtly scented, pure white flowers from May to August and toothed, oval, fresh green leaves. This horned white violet is ideal for the front of a moist, well-drained border in sun or partial shade. Spreading in habit, the evergreen foliage should be cut back after flowering to maintain a neat, compact shape. Garden care: To minimise the risk of fungal diseases always use new, sterilised compost for container plants. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering.