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Independent family-run Poplars Garden Centre in Dunstable opened in 1968 and its continuing expansion should see it build on its current high ranking in the Garden Retail Top 100, Matthew Appleby reports.
Industry bodies have been setting up trailblazer groups to establish horticulture apprenticeships under the Government's new framework, Jonathan Tilley reports.
New products, updated application methods and helpful weather have all contributed to an improved market, Matthew Appleby finds.
The newly extended Redfields Home of Garden & Living, owned by Blue Diamond, seeks to bring back a more 'homely, earthy, garden feel', managing director Alan Roper tells Matthew Appleby.
Grown as summer bedding or cut flowers, these plants are appealing primarily for their showy flower heads in a variety of colours and forms, says Bethan Norris.
These plants are commonly used as bedding in hanging baskets and summer containers as well as making a colourful addition to summer planting schemes, says Bethan Norris.
Bright-blue flowers and contrasting foliage help to ensure a long season of interest, says Kevin Line.
A tolerance to waterlogged conditions, dense foliage and feathery plumes of flowers make this an ideal plant for damp gardens and pond sides, writes Bethan Norris
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The first in a series of articles sponsored by the Met Office looks at how garden retailers are affected by the weather and how they can use weather forecasts in their operational planning.