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REVEALED: Horticulture Week's Top 100 Garden Centres 2018

REVEALED: Horticulture Week's Top 100 Garden Centres 2018

Who has made it into this year's Top 100 Garden Centres report produced by Horticulture Week?

Latest Garden Retail Analysis

What are the garden centre trends from the Glee trade show?

What are the garden centre trends from the Glee trade show?

Plastic, peat and glyphosate reduction, one-stop shop suppliers, slug control, shrub replacement, lawn fixing, solar technology and heat-loving plants such as agapanthus were among the top trends at Glee this year.

How is the garden product market responding to renewed pressure on glyphosate?

How is the garden product market responding to renewed pressure on glyphosate?

Shifts are taking place in the market for garden weedkillers in the UK

What were the top trends at the Four Oaks Trade Show?

What were the top trends at the Four Oaks Trade Show?

Recyclable plant pots, succulents, stability, Brexit uncertainty, impatiens, ferns, big pots and buoyancy were among the biggest talking points at the Four Oaks Trade Show in Cheshire this week (4-5 September).

How important are demographics when buying or expanding a garden centre?

How important are demographics when buying or expanding a garden centre?

Office for National Statistics data shows wide disparities in affluence in the UK, and as Wyevale Garden Centres put 147 centres on the market and others look to move into the destination category, what factors are important when you look at your potential customer base?

What are the challenges facing the new owners of Homebase?

What are the challenges facing the new owners of Homebase?

Homebase is battling for survival amid a slowdown in the housing market as well as rising costs and increasing pressure from online rivals and discounters such as B&M.

What are the prospects for the seeds market for 2019?

What are the prospects for the seeds market for 2019?

Thompson & Morgan have relaunched this year under new ownership, while Mr Fothergill's continues to grow market share.


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New plants

Heuchera 'Silver Gumdrop'

Heuchera 'Silver Gumdrop'

Heuchera 'Silver Gumdrop' was bred by Walters Gardens Inc. from Zeeland MI (USA).

Echinacea purpurea (Balsomanita) Sombrero Sangrita

Echinacea purpurea (Balsomanita) Sombrero Sangrita

The plant is protected under plant breeding legislation and was bred by Darwin Perennials from West Chicago, US.

Clematis 'Zo12153' (MANDY)

Clematis 'Zo12153' (MANDY)

Clematis 'Zo12153' (MANDY) was bred, cultivated and propagated by Clematiskwekerij J. van Zoest B.V. from Boskoop and introduced at Plantarium in 2018.


In Depth

Aster

Aster

Brightening up gardens in autumn, these daisies are seen as a gem in the gardener's arsenal, writes Miranda Kimberley.

What product developments lie in store for garden retail buyers visiting Glee 2018?

What product developments lie in store for garden retail buyers visiting Glee 2018?

Garden retailers will gather at the annual garden retail trade show to find new suppliers and hear what is new from existing ones, following early-season supply issues and a mid-to-late-season sales boom.

Business planning - preparing for an acquisition

Business planning - preparing for an acquisition

Buying somebody else's business can deliver huge growth quickly but there are important factors to consider, says Neville Stein.

Garden Centre Profile: The Flower Bowl,  Barton Grange Garden Centre

Garden Centre Profile: The Flower Bowl, Barton Grange Garden Centre

This new leisure destination features a wide range of innovative visitor attractions in a modern building, Matthew Appleby reports.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

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Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation
 

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Plant Focus

Astrantia

Astrantia

Customers can be confident that these hardy, easy-to-grow plants will return the following year, Miranda Kimberley finds.

Maianthemum

Maianthemum

Showy spikes, lush leaves and sweet scent all help to sell these appealing plants, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Kniphofia

Kniphofia

These useful plants are persistent, need little attention and offer striking colour combinations, says Miranda Kimberley.