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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - April 28th, 2016.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New items today at Crocus

Dianthus cruentus (feld pink)

Dianthus cruentus (feld pink) £7.99
Position: full sun Soil: rich but well-drained, alkaline to neutral soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June to August Flower colour: reddish-pink Hardiness: fully hardy A lovely little alpine, which is a native of the Balkans. The tall upright flower stems bear clusters of pinky-red flowers in late spring and summer. These bob happily above the long, bluish-green, evergreen foliage. It is easy to grow and the bees and butterflies will love you for it. Garden care: Dianthus should be trimmed back lightly after flowering to promote new basal growth. Prune more closely in spring, as new shoots emerge to maintain a tidy shape. To maintain healthy growth, it is important to make sure the plants are protected from excessive winter wet.

Centranthus lecoqii (valerian)

Centranthus lecoqii (valerian) £6.99
Position: full sun Soil: well-drained, neutral to alkaline Rate of Growth: fast-growing Flowering period: July to October Hardiness: fully hardy Native to rocky slopes, wasteground and roadsides in France and southern Spain, this long-flowering perennial is ideal for wilder planting schemes, especially if you are keen on attracting pollinating insects. The pale lilac-mauve flowers top upright stems from midsummer and will carry on well into autumn, especially when grown on poorer soils. The contrast between their grey-green foliage and unusually coloured flowers is a delight. Garden care: Deadhead regularly throughout the summer to prolong flowering. In autumn cut the plant back down to the ground and compost the dead stems.