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Garden centre catering outlets are continuing to boost turnover but innovation remains key to long-term gains, says Matthew Appleby.
Plants, products and technology updates on show to 60,000 international visitors at annual German trade fair IPM Essen.
Manufacturers are moving towards the peat-free target but some peat products are still top sellers at garden centres, says Matthew Appleby.
The first garden centre to be run by the National Trust is due to launch later this year. Matthew Appleby talks to the managers ahead of the opening.
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.
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.
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