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Garden Retail In Depth

Business Planning - Making your staff a unique selling point

Business Planning - Making your staff a unique selling point

18 April 2014

Your employees can help you to differentiate from your competition in a positive way, says Neville Stein.

 
 
Review: Glasshouse Structures

Review: Glasshouse Structures

18 April 2014

How does the alpine house benefit RHS Garden Harlow Carr? Sally Drury finds out.

 
 
Polygonatum

Polygonatum

10 April 2014

These shade-loving plants work well as features in woodland gardens, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Amelanchier

Amelanchier

04 April 2014

These plants can fit in small gardens to provide many seasons of interest, Miranda Kimberley finds.

 
 

10 Ways to sell...

How to sell more... Roses

Get it right and there is still money to be made selling roses in garden centres. Wholesale growers and successful retailers tell Liz Dobbs what works in today's challenging times.

Ten ways to sell more...Indoor plants

Houseplant sales are up and have potential for further growth so simple techniques can boost turnover, says Graham Clarke.

Ten Ways to Sell More... Climbing plants

With many consumers keen to make the most out of limited growing spaces, plants and sales should both head skywards, Graham Clarke suggests.

Ten ways to sell more...Packet seeds

Promote seeds as cheap, target beginner gardeners and get information across, Graham Clarke suggests.

Ten ways to sell ... more flowering plants

Whatever the season, bulbs, bedding plants and shrubs offer opportunities for sales if they are chosen well and displayed appropriately, says Graham Clarke.

Ten ways to sell more ... roses

Good signposting and rose champions can guide customers through the huge range of varieties available and advise on care, says Graham Clarke.

 


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Retail plant focus...

Pulsatilla Commonly known as the Pasque flower, this perennial is gaining in popularity, says Miranda Kimberley.

Bergenia The 'elephant's ears' provide good ground cover and bright spring flowers, notes Miranda Kimberley.

Ficus The figs make up a huge genus and, despite coming from tropical and subtropical regions, are well known to UK gardeners and houseowners because the common and edible fig is widely grown in greenhouses as well as outside in warmer areas - and many orn...

Correa Star-shaped flowers or pendulous bells make these plants highly decorative, says Miranda Kimberley.

Allium These ever-popular ornamental onions range from giants to pot species, says Miranda Kimberley.

Tropaeolum These climbing and trailing herbaceous plants offer vibrant displays of colour, says Kevin Line.

New Plants

Cotinus 'Candy Floss'

Cotinus 'Candy Floss'

18 April 2014

Cotinus 'Candy Floss', a cross between C. 'Grace' and C. 'Daydream' made by Hillier plant propagators that grows up to 4m in height.

 
 
Cotinus 'Ruby Glow'

Cotinus 'Ruby Glow'

18 April 2014

Cotinus 'Ruby Glow', selected by Alan Postill as having the star qualities of habit, abundant flowering and "sensational" autumn colour.

 
 
Weigela middendorffiana 'Mango'

Weigela middendorffiana 'Mango'

18 April 2014

Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres has introduced:

 
 
Bougainvillea Sun Villea

Bougainvillea Sun Villea

04 April 2014

Sun Villea, a compact bougainvillea, will also be on show along with a range of new-generation Surfinia varieties, including Heavenly Blue.

 
 
 

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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 18 April 2014

NEWS: Garden centres look forward to late Easter sales bonanza

SARGENT'S SOLUTIONS: Why the Customer Rights Bill should be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat

MARKET REPORT: Glasshouses

LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS: Government prospectus offers potential boost across disciplines

EDIBLES: Helping cut food waste - latest packaging addresses concerns over waste issues

PLANT FOCUS: Polygonatum