Competition created by former Solus managing director Nick Davies' newly launched garden centre supply company, believed to be called Crest, will be "good for garden centres", says HTA immediate past president Caroline Owen.
The Scotsdales garden centre managing director said by 2014, Gardman, Solus, Smart Solar, Crest and Garland will be competing in a much more competitive market.
Davies left Solus last month to form the Westland-backed Crest, as revealed first in HW.
Smart Solar, now backed by Gardman founder Paris Natar, is believed to be launching a wider range of gardening products at Glee in September.
Owen said: "The choice will be good for retailers but we won't ignore our consistent and good suppliers."