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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These perennials offer fantastic foliage and beautiful sprays of flowers in the springtime, writes Miranda Kimberley.
After being empty for more than two years the site of the former Fulham Palace Garden Centre has been revived by Bypass Nurseries, Matthew Appleby reports.
A garden centre manager leads a team of staff members to help them make sure every part of the centre, from the planteria to the cafe, offers its customers a great retail experience.
The planteria manager must ensure that a garden centre's plants are "flying off the shelves".
These true bulbs can lend height to a border and bring drama to a spring garden, Miranda Kimberley finds.
Very popular among experienced gardeners, these plants often give off a sweet fragrance, says Miranda Kimberley.
Beautiful flowers and striking buds make these little-known evergreen shrubs well worth a try, writes Miranda Kimberley.
This florist's favourite offers interesting foliage and alluring flowers in a range of colours, writes Miranda Kimberley.