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The Brexit White Paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU promises UK will be able to sign trade deals and remain outside the jurisdiction of the EU Courts, proposals generally welcomed by the horticulture industry.
Broadening the offer to include more food outlets and "things to do" is the future, according to some bigger garden centre operators.
Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) consumer survey research shows levels of household ownership of outdoor living products have largely remained consistent over the past three years, but the value of sales is up.
Suppliers and growers say 2019 could be the year of volume plastic alternative use, or greater closed-loop plastic pot and tray recycling, after 2018 saw a surge in interest in plastic reduction.
Visitor attractions such as the National Trust, RHS, Kew Gardens and others offer big retail opportunities, with growing, captive, educated audiences, but what do suppliers and the retailers need to do to exploit the market?
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.
Who are the most influential people in today's UK garden retail industry?
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|RHS Chelsea - plant of the year FINALISTS|
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.
Winner - North One Garden Centre
Winner - RHS-endorsed Ergo Deadheader, Burgon & Ball
Winner - The road to Modiform's EcoExpert
Winner - Hillier Nurseries
Showy spikes, lush leaves and sweet scent all help to sell these appealing plants, writes Miranda Kimberley.
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.