Only houseplants continued to struggle, down three per cent in 2009 and in September. GCA CEO Gillie Westwood said: "A lot of garden centres have not got dedicated houseplant areas anymore and are putting them in with gifts. Competition is hitting the sector — houseplants are available everywhere now." She added that the rise of hard landscaping was down to the rise in "staycations", led by the recession.
|Sector||September (% rise)||2009 year to date (% rise)|
|Hard landscaping ||25||0.25|
|Outdoor plants ||11.73||13|
|Seeds and bulbs||16.5||15|
|Furniture and barbecues||13.5||3.5|
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