Retail plants

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.

Echeveria Agavoides - credit all images: Floramedia


Elegantissima boasts green pinnate foliage

Skinny trees for tight spaces

Asano: each deep-pink chrysanthemum flower has up to 100 pointed petals

Prunus part 1 - flowering cherries for the garden

Magnolia 'Royal Purple'

Magnolia — large-flowered hybrids for the garden

Malus transitoria

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.

Dahlia 'Jomanda'


Dahlias are back in fashion, come in a multitude of shades and offer retailers a double hit, writes Sally Drury.

R. idaeus ‘Malling Jewel’ - credit all images: Floramedia database

Rubus idaeus

The health benefits of raspberries make these very popular plants an ideal choice for retailers, according to Sally Drury.

T. ‘Zurel’ - credit all images: Floramedia


Tulips offer a vast variety of flower colours from February through to May and command attention, says Sally Drury

R. hirta ‘Toto Rustic - all images: Floramedia


Rudbeckia is a star of ?garden borders and patio containers.

D. ‘Camelot Lavender’ - credit: Floramedia


Foxgloves are easy to grow and produce tall spikes of flowers that are magnets for pollinators, writes Sally Drury.

M. ‘Heaven Scent’ - all pictures credit: © Floramedia Database


Good pictorial labelling and effective use of point-of-sale material is crucial for these showy flowers, says Sally Drury.

C. mas ‘Jolico’ - all images: Floramedia


This diverse and ornamental genus presents opportunities for retailers as well as landscapers, writes Sally Drury.

M. ‘Evereste’ - all images: Floramedia


An abundance of spring blossom ensures flowering crab apple trees’ reputation as jewels of the landscape, notes Sally Drury.

Malus domestica 'Granny Smith' - all images credit: Floramedia Picture Library

Malus domestica

Apple trees’ wide variety of fruit and splendid flower displays should appeal to new gardeners, Sally Drury suggests.

C. × durandii - all images: Floramedia

Late-flowering Clematis

With stunning displays lasting until late autumn, now is an ideal time to promote these colourful gems, Sally Drury advises.

Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ - all images: Floramedia

Dwarf Narcissus

These well-loved flowers can help to sustain passion for growing that built up during lockdown, Sally Drury suggests.

C. ‘Waterlily’ - all images: Floramedia


These autumn wonders produce colourful flowers that make for a sensational display, says Sally Drury.

Hebe albicans - all images: Floramedia


These plants are enjoyed for their dense spikes, panicles or racemes of flowers and for their foliage, writes Sally Drury.

Dianthus 'Pink Kisses' - all images: Floramedia Database


A impressive variety of shapes and shades makes these plants popular in the garden as well as for floristry, writes Sally Drury.

Pelargonium Tango Neon Purple - all images: Floramedia

Zonal pelargoniums

These essential plants for a showstopping border or container bear vibrant flowers all through summer, writes Sally Drury.

Alstroemeria mix - all images: Floramedia


These exotic flowers are easy to grow and produce dazzling displays in borders and patio containers, writes Sally Drury.

Dahlia mix - image: Floramedia

Summer-flowering bulbs

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.

Heuchera sanguinea - all images: Floramedia


Year-round colour and neat clumps of foliage make these perennials very marketable, says Miranda Kimberley.

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ - all images: Floramedia


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.

Spathiphyllum 'Petite' - all images: Floramedia


The air-purifying ability of the peace lily has been widely marketed to generate more sales, Miranda Kimberley reports.

Carex comans ‘Frosted Curls’ - all images: Floramedia


Evergreen grasses and sedges provide year-round structure and move with the wind, Miranda Kimberley writes.

Disporum cantoniense - all images: Flickr


These elegant woodland plants produce leafy green stems and bell-shaped flowers, says Miranda Kimberley.

Tradescantia zebrina ‘Purpusii’ - all images: Floramedia


These unfussy plants offer a welcome splash of colour in the garden or as a houseplant, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Trollius x cultorum 'Lemon Queen' - all images: Floramedia


With their papery blooms, these popular perennials are a welcome addition to borders, says Miranda Kimberley.

R. pinnata - image: Floramedia database


These versatile plants are described as 'bombproof' and 'wonderfully unfussy', Miranda Kimberley finds.

V. phoeniceum mix - all images: Floramedia


Fantastic spikes of flowers bring height, structure and colour to the garden border, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Agapanthus 'Liliput' - all images: Floramedia


These exotic plants are easy to grow and a great addition to any garden in pots, beds or borders, says Miranda Kimberley.

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Daydawn’- image: Floramedia


These easy-to-grow plants provide a vibrant set of flower colours from hots to pastels, writes Miranda Kimberley.