Advantages Comprehensive, Beautiful, Informative
Disadvantages You'll want to shop til you drop
Gardening has never appealed to me. It was something I swore I’d never do. In fact, when I bought a house a few months ago, I deliberately bought one without that pesky patch of grass surrounded by what I believed were called ‘borders’.However, my house does have a yard – a large one. The yard was scruffy when I moved in. I thought I’d better smarten it up ready for the barbecue season, so I whitewashed the high walls. They looked absolutely great.
Trouble was, the yard looked very bare. Not exactly inviting enough for a barby. The place needed something more.Perhaps a potted topiary tree or two would look nice. After all, if I bought them ready grown I’d only have to water the things, wouldn’t I? That wasn’t gardening, was it?
I bought the trees. Three of them. They are gorgeous.Two weeks later, something went wrong with my bay tree. I didn’t know what to do. I know nothing about trees, except that they are trees. I asked people who knew about gardening what could be wrong, but without coming to inspect my tree they had no idea.
I did a search on the web and came across crocus.co.uk, and a gardening obsession was born.The Site
The site looks fantastic. Lush images of beautiful flowers and plants on a deep purple background draw you in and keep you transfixed.The site loads quickly and navigation is easy via a ‘look in the garden shed’ menu. There is also a search facility which brings up rapid and very accurate results.
In this section garden designs and plants are suggested for you based on your personality (e.g. are you a romantic, in a rush, keen but clueless etc.) and the type of garden you have (e.g. water garden, roof garden, shady garden).This section is really useful, as I’ve found to my cost that it really does matter what kind of garden you have as planting the wrong plants means that they simply won’t grow.
PLANTING IDEASHere they suggest good combinations of plants that flourish together and look good together. And for £30 you can send them a sketch of your garden and they will suggest plants and designs for you.
SHOPPINGCrocus sells everything a gardener could want, from tools to furniture, to weed killers to fantastic plants. And all the plants they sell are superbly displayed and have plenty of advice on whether they are suitable for you or not – e.g. whether the plant likes sun or shade, how hardy it is, its planting and flowering times.
Prices are fairly keen. Crocus aren’t the cheapest around but they’re not the dearest either, and their quality is guaranteed. Not only do they ‘insure’ against their plants not dying of natural causes within one year of you receiving them, but if you order a plant and don’t want it you can return it for a full refund within 28 days.HELP DESK
Here you can email several of the people at Crocus with any gardening queries, whether they relate to shopping at Crocus or plant and garden care in general. You can also sign up to receive regular email gardening tips from the man that is Titchmarsh.
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