Be bold was the message from those at the helm of three independent garden centres who have seen their businesses boom after being brave and investing big in new buildings.
Greater collaboration between suppliers and retailers, with the "pain" of inflationary pressures shared between all parties, is likely to offer the best defence against the potential impact of Brexit, a panel session at the Garden Retail Summit heard.
Blue Diamond's Alan Roper, Newbridge Nurseries' Nigel Wait, Dobbies' Steve Guy and Ian Riggs from Jersey Plants Direct discussed how UK growers can exploit post-Brexit changes, at the Garden Retail Summit.
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As Wyevale Garden Centres releases its long-awaited results, what do we know so far about how the Terra Firma-owned company is doing after it recorded a £122m loss for 2016?
Next year is Fleuroselect year of the chilli pepper and Thompson & Morgan and Mr Fothergill's have ranges around the hot vegetable, with a new way of promoting sales.
After a lull in new builds, 2018 could see a slight resurgence in garden centres being erected.
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Thompson & Morgan is refocusing on the garden centre seed market, hoping to win back business from Mr Fothergill's, which has expanded during T&M's long sale process.
Walls, trellises, pergolas and even trees can all be brightened up by these beautiful blooms, writes Miranda Kimberley.
The market for Christmas tree sales in the UK looks brighter this year, with exchange rates helping British growers.
A tranche of naturals launched for 2018 from the biggest suppliers to garden retail could trigger an increase in sales in the sector.
This huge but slightly odd genus offers multiple choices for the rock garden or alpine house, says Miranda Kimberley.
This brilliant summer bedding plant has fan-shaped flowers that give it an elegant look, says Miranda Kimberley.
With box blight and box tree moth both posing problems, Miranda Kimberley looks at alternative planting choices.
Pretty flowers and striking leaves are behind the rising appeal of the foam flower, writes Miranda Kimberley.
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