GCA chairman Will Armitage said: "February was quite a wet and windy month, which has seen an increase in sales in more non-traditional categories at our member garden centres with catering up 6.34 per cent and food hall/farm shop up 4.76 per cent.
"Despite the bad weather outdoor plant sales were also up 4.87 per cent. However, seed and bulb sales were down 13.38 per cent."
Langlands Garden Centre managing director James Ducker said: "February was a particularly strong month in both our garden centres. Outdoor plant sales were 32 per cent up on 2013 and clothing was 102 per cent up at our Leeds centre.
"At our larger centre in Shiptonthorpe, which is located between Hull and York, outdoor plant sales were up 16 per cent and clothing was up 145 per cent. We are just hoping the strong start to the year continues throughout the season."