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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Garden Retail In Depth
Your employees can help you to differentiate from your competition in a positive way, says Neville Stein.
How does the alpine house benefit RHS Garden Harlow Carr? Sally Drury finds out.
These shade-loving plants work well as features in woodland gardens, says Miranda Kimberley.
These plants can fit in small gardens to provide many seasons of interest, Miranda Kimberley finds.
10 Ways to sell...
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.
Insider view on industry happenings in the world of gardening and growing media, news and events.
Matthew Appleby's blog
Garden Retail News
- Tea Bag plants aim to cut waste
- Centres report March sales up by 41 per cent on last year
- Garden centre owners fear impact of deal's collapse
- Manage social media, centres advised
- Centres anticipate bumper sales over Easter
- Expansion work completed at Highfield store
- Weedkiller portfolio updated
- Skills Theatre to go on tour
- Novelty range launched
- Garden centre sales reach 250 over a decade
- GCA members see sales leap in March
- Plants sales guide for nursery staff published
- Big Allotment Challenge sees ratings success
Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world.
Peter Seabrook's blog
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...
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.
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', selected by Alan Postill as having the star qualities of habit, abundant flowering and "sensational" autumn colour.
Business Planning with Neville Stein
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