Flowering cherries are a quintessential harbinger of spring in the UK — probably more so than crab apples, hawthorns, rowans and whitebeams combined — and they likely constitute the most often-planted and widely recognised garden trees.
This genus contains unarguably some of the most beautiful shrubs and trees, in terms of both flowers and fragrance, that we are able to grow in our temperate UK climate.
Natives can add high ornamental and wildlife value in parks, urban gardens and rural estates, writes Sally Drury.
Latest figures for the 12th annual and expanded HortWeek Top 200 Garden Centres show the uplift caused by the pandemic in 2021.
This year’s ranking shows how Brexit’s impact on the economy and the Covid pandemic’s impact on lifestyles led to increases in growers’ production and turnover.
The top 10 cumulative turnovers are roughly 10% up on last year.
The salad-growing industry in the UK has been under severe pressure because of energy price rises, caused largely by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.