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.
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Houseplant sales are up and have potential for further growth so simple techniques can boost turnover, says Graham Clarke.
With many consumers keen to make the most out of limited growing spaces, plants and sales should both head skywards, Graham Clarke suggests.
Promote seeds as cheap, target beginner gardeners and get information across, Graham Clarke suggests.
Whatever the season, bulbs, bedding plants and shrubs offer opportunities for sales if they are chosen well and displayed appropriately, says Graham Clarke.
Good signposting and rose champions can guide customers through the huge range of varieties available and advise on care, says Graham Clarke.
Garden Retail In Depth
Horticultural colleges are finding new ways to attract recruits after fees were forced up for older students, Jack Shamash reports.
Star-shaped flowers or pendulous bells make these plants highly decorative, says Miranda Kimberley.
The benefits of EPoS could soon include pooled industry data as well as better stock replenishment, Matthew Appleby reports.
Concessions can help garden centres to weatherproof their business with guaranteed rental income, Matthew Appleby finds.
Insider view on industry happenings in the world of gardening and growing media, news and events.
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Garden Retail News
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Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world.
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Garden Retail - the interviews
The 139-centre Terra Firma-owned Garden Centre Group is undergoing big changes under chief executive Kevin Bradshaw.
Retail plant focus...
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.
Achimenes Achimenes is one of those houseplants that is not well known by name but packs a real punch with brightly coloured flowers rivalling begonia and saintpaulia. They grow from scaly rhizomes that are started into growth in early spring and flower throug...
Lysimachia Lysimachia is a genus that contains many highly ornamental perennials.
Veronicastrum These unfussy growers produce a mass of small stems and whorls of leaves, Miranda Kimberley finds.
Styrax These evergreen trees or shrubs can be used to plug the "June gap", says Miranda Kimberley
Nepeta Graniflora 'Summer Magic' is very free-flowering and blooms continuously from May to October. It has a compact and sturdy habit and is a robust garden performer.
Gaillardia 'Fanfare Blaze' has unique pinwheels of orange tubular blooms, flowering from early spring to autumn. The greyish-green foliage grows with a compact mounding habit.
Leucanthemum 'Real Neat' has pure white fluted blooms with contrasting yellow centres carried on very strong stems that grow in clumps. They bloom in early to midsummer and again in autumn.
A. 'Sweet and Sour' is a lax, trailing variety with peach/red flowers with a yellow flush in the centre.
Business Planning with Neville Stein
Recruitment and training views and advice
Business advice from Leslie L Kossoff
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