Strong plant sales at Bents Garden & Home

Warrington-based Bents Garden & Home has bucked the industry trend for sales of outdoor plants, reporting figures almost 12 per cent up on last year's sales to date.

Bents nursery. Image: Supplied
Bents nursery. Image: Supplied

The centre has just completed the second phase of an extensive 18 month build programme which has seen both major infrastructure changes and additional retail added.

More than 60 percent of Bents' plants are grown at its onsite nursery operation, where it focuses on varieties that are less available on the open market.

Taller perennials such as Lupins have been hugely successful this year, grown on a commercial scale allowing for larger, more established plants which have been a striking feature on the Plant Area and received extremely well by customers.

Horticultural operations manager Mark Downton said: "Almost 70 per cent of all plants sold in the first six months of the year have come straight from our nursery, which would suggest that the amount of care and attention we invest in them prior to their journey to the shop floor has paid off.

"The growing operation is a very different set up to when the garden centre began. Now the variety on offer is vast, with shrubs, herbaceous, roses, bedding and perennials all having a place. But the dedication and commitment to plant care and quality has never changed."

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