Be bold was the message from those at the helm of three independent garden centres who have seen their businesses boom after being brave and investing big in new buildings.
Greater collaboration between suppliers and retailers, with the "pain" of inflationary pressures shared between all parties, is likely to offer the best defence against the potential impact of Brexit, a panel session at the Garden Retail Summit heard.
Blue Diamond's Alan Roper, Newbridge Nurseries' Nigel Wait, Dobbies' Steve Guy and Ian Riggs from Jersey Plants Direct discussed how UK growers can exploit post-Brexit changes, at the Garden Retail Summit.
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Garden centre owners have come down hard against zero-hours contracts following the release of "Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices".
Good sales this year appear to have masked the continuing pressure on pricing strategies this year as online offerings and exchange rates make their presence felt.
Gardening Express has become the latest online operator to buy a bricks-and-mortar garden centre, showing how multi-channel selling is developing fast.
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Leucanthemum maximum 'Christine' (Sweet Daisy) is a garden Marguerite with classical looks and improved characteristics.
Gaura lindheimeri 'Graceful Pink' (Graceful) has bright pink flowers that contrast beautifully with the dark green foliage.
Gebr. Th. & W. Alkemade BV from Lisse submits two Delosperma from the Jewel of Desert series for the novelty showcase.
This brilliant summer bedding plant has fan-shaped flowers that give it an elegant look, says Miranda Kimberley.
With box blight and box tree moth both posing problems, Miranda Kimberley looks at alternative planting choices.
Fruit tree grower Blackmoor Nurseries in Hampshire is halving production to concentrate on an online-only market.
As garden centres come of age they are increasingly seeing opportunities to celebrate anniversaries and gain a business advantage as a by-product of doing so.
Pretty flowers and striking leaves are behind the rising appeal of the foam flower, writes Miranda Kimberley.
These long-flowering thistle-like daisies are well worth a go for consistent interest in the border, writes Miranda Kimberley.
These perennials offer fantastic foliage and beautiful sprays of flowers in the springtime, writes Miranda Kimberley.
These true bulbs can lend height to a border and bring drama to a spring garden, Miranda Kimberley finds.