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A survey comparing prices for 44 best-selling garden essentials carried out 10 days before Easter has revealed Blue Diamond as the most competitive garden centre chain, with the cheapest prices for 24 out of 44 products. Wyevale proved the most expensive on 29 of the products.
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Watch out for key challenges, says Neville Stein.
Malcolm Scott looks back over 30 years working in the industry and pinpoints the key trends that are shaping the future of the garden retail sector.
These diminutive bulbs offer a delicate splash of colour, says Miranda Kimberley.
Plants and core gardening remain the key strengths for Garden Retail Top 100 centre Squire's Twickenham following the redevelopment of its offering, Matthew Appleby reports.
This genus features fruiting and ornamental varieties but is loved by cats, Miranda Kimberley finds.
Showy flowers and striking colour are helping these 'shooting stars' to grow in popularity, says Miranda Kimberley.
There are plants thoroughly associated with winter: the Christmas tree, of course; the Poinsettia and Hippeastrum, given as presents at Christmas; and after Christmas the heralds of the coming of the spring, the snowdrop. One underrated evergreen, not the holly or the ivy, but the Sarcococca, needs to be more fully appreciated.
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.