Price wars at supermarkets and DIY/garden centre chains mean independent centres can't compete on value so have to beat the multiples on service, quality and range.
That continues to be the case this spring, with staples such as Baby Bio and big turnover items such as bedding cut in price at Sainsbury's, Focus and Homebase.
Some garden centres lacked stock early in the season because of the weather, but seed potatoes did sell out in many centres.
CAPITAL GARDENS FOCUS
Primula 10.5cm, £1.50 10.5cm, £1.59
Seed potatoes 2.5kg, £3.99 Caper bag, £2.49
Baby Bio 175ml, £4.99 175ml, £2.03
Tomorite 1litre, £4.99 One litre, £3.49
Tomato plant 9cm, £1.29
Bedding Six-pack, £2.99 Ten-pack, £1.99
Seed potatoes £3.99
Baby Bio Herb, £2.48 175ml, £1.99
Tomorite One litre, £3.48
Tomato plant 9cm, 99p
Bedding Ten-pack pansy, £3 Six-pack pansy, £3