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What does the future hold for Wyevale Garden Centres?

What does the future hold for Wyevale Garden Centres?

As Wyevale Garden Centres releases its long-awaited results, what do we know so far about how the Terra Firma-owned company is doing after it recorded a £122m loss for 2016?

What new vegetables will gardeners be growing in 2018?

What new vegetables will gardeners be growing in 2018?

Next year is Fleuroselect year of the chilli pepper and Thompson & Morgan and Mr Fothergill's have ranges around the hot vegetable, with a new way of promoting sales.

Garden centre building: what's going up?

Garden centre building: what's going up?

After a lull in new builds, 2018 could see a slight resurgence in garden centres being erected.


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Retail seed: crowded market for 2018

Retail seed: crowded market for 2018

Thompson & Morgan is refocusing on the garden centre seed market, hoping to win back business from Mr Fothergill's, which has expanded during T&M's long sale process.

Climbing roses

Climbing roses

Walls, trellises, pergolas and even trees can all be brightened up by these beautiful blooms, writes Miranda Kimberley.

How is this year's Christmas tree market shaping up?

How is this year's Christmas tree market shaping up?

The market for Christmas tree sales in the UK looks brighter this year, with exchange rates helping British growers.

Natural fertilisers and chemicals: when will they start gaining market share?

Natural fertilisers and chemicals: when will they start gaining market share?

A tranche of naturals launched for 2018 from the biggest suppliers to garden retail could trigger an increase in sales in the sector.

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Retail Plant Focus

Sisyrinchium

Sisyrinchium

This huge but slightly odd genus offers multiple choices for the rock garden or alpine house, says Miranda Kimberley.

Scaevola

Scaevola

This brilliant summer bedding plant has fan-shaped flowers that give it an elegant look, says Miranda Kimberley.

Hedging - what are the alternatives to box?

Hedging - what are the alternatives to box?

With box blight and box tree moth both posing problems, Miranda Kimberley looks at alternative planting choices.

Tiarella

Tiarella

Pretty flowers and striking leaves are behind the rising appeal of the foam flower, writes Miranda Kimberley.