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Horticulture Week is delighted to announce the names of the outstanding businesses shortlisted for the Horticulture Week Business Awards 2018.
Medium-sized groups in the £20m-£100m bracket such as Klondyke, Hillier, Squire's, Notcutts and Blue Diamond look to have done best as 2017 results are released.
Plant-based menus are the new way to attract more customers to your garden centre restaurant. "Veganuary" founder Jane Land says in garden centres people are "surrounded by plants so are obviously halfway there".
Gardman's fire and sudden spikes in demand for bedding and garden furniture have put unusual demands on supply this season.
The importance of horticultural science and of driving horticultural innovation were on the agenda for the second of three sessions with the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group on the future of horticulture post-Brexit.
More growers are working with garden centres on themed plant promotions.
The RHS has dropped its "Perfect for Pollinators" label under pressure from non-government organisations that found plants using the logo that contain neonicotinoids. It now says it wants to work with the industry to help gardeners make "better informed decisions".
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A plant named to acknowledge the wonderful care that people receive at Les Bourgs Hospice in Guernsey.
The distinct yellow leaf in spring sets METAMORPHOSA apart.
Ushio Sakazaki came upon a remote Asian species of Hydrangea in the wild, and crossed this with the well-known Hydrangea macrophylla.
Showy spikes, lush leaves and sweet scent all help to sell these appealing plants, writes Miranda Kimberley.
Woking is the latest Squire's centre to be redeveloped as the group looks to attract more customers and add new sites, Matthew Appleby reports.
Planning, organisation and discipline are all areas where horticulture firms can take lessons from the military, says Neville Stein.
These useful plants are persistent, need little attention and offer striking colour combinations, says Miranda Kimberley.
Stocking a wide range of these impressive flowers from early March until June can boost sales, Miranda Kimberley reports.
The range of colours and flowering times makes for cheerful and economic displays, Miranda Kimberley reports.
These compact, brightly coloured flowers can be very attractive for impulse sales, notes Miranda Kimberley.