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.
Prunus part 1 - flowering cherries for the garden
Flowering cherries are a quintessential harbinger of spring in the UK - probably more so than crab apples, hawthorns, rowans and whitebeams combined
Magnolia — large-flowered hybrids for the garden
This genus contains unarguably some of the most beautiful shrubs and trees, in terms of both flowers and fragrance, that we are able to grow in our temperate UK climate.
Crab apple (Malus) — star billing for showy fruits
Often in the shadow of the flowering cherries, crab apples should have star-billing in their own right.
Dahlias are back in fashion, come in a multitude of shades and offer retailers a double hit, writes Sally Drury.
The health benefits of raspberries make these very popular plants an ideal choice for retailers, according to Sally Drury.
Tulips offer a vast variety of flower colours from February through to May and command attention, says Sally Drury
Rudbeckia is a star of ?garden borders and patio containers.
Foxgloves are easy to grow and produce tall spikes of flowers that are magnets for pollinators, writes Sally Drury.
Good pictorial labelling and effective use of point-of-sale material is crucial for these showy flowers, says Sally Drury.
This diverse and ornamental genus presents opportunities for retailers as well as landscapers, writes Sally Drury.
An abundance of spring blossom ensures flowering crab apple trees’ reputation as jewels of the landscape, notes Sally Drury.
Apple trees’ wide variety of fruit and splendid flower displays should appeal to new gardeners, Sally Drury suggests.
With stunning displays lasting until late autumn, now is an ideal time to promote these colourful gems, Sally Drury advises.
These well-loved flowers can help to sustain passion for growing that built up during lockdown, Sally Drury suggests.
These autumn wonders produce colourful flowers that make for a sensational display, says Sally Drury.
These plants are enjoyed for their dense spikes, panicles or racemes of flowers and for their foliage, writes Sally Drury.
A impressive variety of shapes and shades makes these plants popular in the garden as well as for floristry, writes Sally Drury.
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.
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.
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