A guide to species and cultivars of popular plants for retail in garden centres, with supplier's tips on how to use and sell them.
These essential plants for a showstopping border or container bear vibrant flowers all through summer, writes Sally Drury.
These exotic flowers are easy to grow and produce dazzling displays in borders and patio containers, writes Sally Drury.
September-to-October is an accepted part of the gardening year for bulb planting, and many of these are for the heralds of spring — the crocus, the narcissi or the tulip.
Year-round colour and neat clumps of foliage make these perennials very marketable, says Miranda Kimberley.
Hydrangeas are beautiful shrubs that grace many gardens in the UK. They are easy to grow and can provide a variety of flower head shapes and colours.
The air-purifying ability of the peace lily has been widely marketed to generate more sales, Miranda Kimberley reports.
Evergreen grasses and sedges provide year-round structure and move with the wind, Miranda Kimberley writes.
These elegant woodland plants produce leafy green stems and bell-shaped flowers, says Miranda Kimberley.
These unfussy plants offer a welcome splash of colour in the garden or as a houseplant, writes Miranda Kimberley.
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With their papery blooms, these popular perennials are a welcome addition to borders, says Miranda Kimberley.
These versatile plants are described as 'bombproof' and 'wonderfully unfussy', Miranda Kimberley finds.
Fantastic spikes of flowers bring height, structure and colour to the garden border, writes Miranda Kimberley.
These exotic plants are easy to grow and a great addition to any garden in pots, beds or borders, says Miranda Kimberley.
These easy-to-grow plants provide a vibrant set of flower colours from hots to pastels, writes Miranda Kimberley.
With their bright blooms and nice petals these plants look like a bedding version of orchids, says Miranda Kimberley.
This diverse genus offers varieties that work well inside as well as outdoors in many sizes, says Miranda Kimberley.
These uncomplicated plants produce beautiful flowers for most of the growing season, says Miranda Kimberley.
Customers keep coming back for these strong plants that offer colour when it is most needed, writes Miranda Kimberley.
These robust plants can repeat flower from April to October and nice foliage adds interest, says Miranda Kimberley.
Brightening up gardens in autumn, these daisies are seen as a gem in the gardener's arsenal, writes Miranda Kimberley.
Customers can be confident that these hardy, easy-to-grow plants will return the following year, Miranda Kimberley finds.
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.
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.
These elegant plants feature a variety of striking flower shapes in a range of colours, writes Miranda Kimberley.