Plants went well, with some retailers worried about possible bedding shortages, although vegetable plant sales may have peaked for 2010.
HTA retail management group chair and Dorset-based Haskins buying director Philip Evason said the last bank holiday weekend before the end of August was "satisfactory" but he added that a promotion around Chelsea Flower Show plants such as Clematis and roses resulted in a 20 per cent increase in sales.
Chester-based Grosvenor Garden Centre managing director Iain Wyle said: "We had our best ever bank holiday Monday. We had strong sales right across the board but highlights were furniture, barbecues and plants."
Cleeve Nursery owner Alan Down added: "Bank holiday Monday was above expectations with bedding, container and hanging basket plants featuring very strongly. There was a noticeable drop in demand for vegetable and fruit plants. There is some concern that good-quality bedding supplies are beginning to run short."