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.

Late-flowering Clematis

Late-flowering Clematis

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

Dwarf Narcissus

Dwarf Narcissus

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

Colchicum

Colchicum

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

Hebe

Hebe

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


Dianthus

Dianthus

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

Zonal pelargoniums

Zonal pelargoniums

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

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

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

Summer-flowering bulbs

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

Heuchera

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

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

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.


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Spathiphyllum

Spathiphyllum

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

Carex

Carex

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

Disporum

Disporum

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

Tradescantia

Tradescantia

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

Trollius

Trollius

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

Rodgersia

Rodgersia

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

Verbascum

Verbascum

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

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

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

Potentilla

Potentilla

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

Nemesia

Nemesia

With their bright blooms and nice petals these plants look like a bedding version of orchids, says Miranda Kimberley.

Senecio

Senecio

This diverse genus offers varieties that work well inside as well as outdoors in many sizes, says Miranda Kimberley.

Anemone

Anemone

These uncomplicated plants produce beautiful flowers for most of the growing season, says Miranda Kimberley.

Helleborus

Helleborus

Customers keep coming back for these strong plants that offer colour when it is most needed, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Gaura

Gaura

These robust plants can repeat flower from April to October and nice foliage adds interest, says Miranda Kimberley.

Aster

Aster

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

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.