Plants led the way but the second May bank holiday has "not broken any records", say garden retailers, after cold weather for the time of year meant sales did not take off.
Garden Centre Association (GCA) chairman Will Armitage said: "The sun didn't come out until 5pm on Monday (25 May). Garden furniture and bedding plants went best but it was a little cold to break records." Other centres have had a similar experience, he added.
Alton Garden Centre director Andy Bunker said: "It was very good on plants - we were 38 per cent up. Overall it was good but we didn't sing and dance in all departments."
Poplars Garden Centre general manager Alistair Jackson said: "It was OK, nothing stunning. The weather was not with us. But we can't complain. Mainly plants did well. We were strong on bedding and picked up a little bit of leisure, which boosted sales. It was better than last year, which was not a good one, and the weather the following week last year was not good, so hopefully we can increase this week compared to last year."
Scotsdales was seven per cent up on the week to 24 May, with plants coming to the fore after a slow start this season. Sundries have been behind, as has compost, but garden furniture and non-gardening categories such as catering have been strong.
GCA chief executive Iain Wylie said the second May bank holiday had been a "good solid weekend" but with "no records broken". He added: "Given the way May has gone, expectations might not have been high, so it was a nice little boost."