In This Issue
Notcutts Chairman Nicky Dulieu is stepping down
Dobbies Garden Centre, Morpeth wins Britain in Bloom Gold award
How Primeur is pioneering new material usage for a sustainable future
Cut the plastic – make the switch
AMES UK's approach to decorative planters opens up appeal top wider market
EPoS specialist Corby & Fellas signs award-winning Irish garden centre
October garden centres sales nose ahead of 2018 but trail previous two years
Squire's rolls out brand and image refresh across group's 15 centres
Ho Ho Ho! Christmas in October was up 6% but just misses record
Hot seat sessions explore key issues at Cultivating Retail conference
Garden products shine in October
New Botanica Houseplant department at Sunshine Garden Centre
Klondyke Christmas displays wow customers at launch events
John Hinde's new company brings unique German home and leisure range to UK
Wrap up...and plant away those winter blues
£2,500 funding up for grabs for research students
Tipping point at last for peat-free compost?
Wyevale Nurseries invest in the future
GCA Trust sponsored delegates say IGCA Congress ‘exceeded expectations’
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New Sales Director sweeps Charles Bentley & Son towards growth
Wet weekends hit October plant sales
Funding for horticultural research students
Retail pay growth outstrips UK average
Helleborus Christmas Carol Celebrates 15th Anniversary
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Bottle Lights lead chart for third week
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Wrap up...and plant away those winter blues

Encourage customers to wrap-up warm and get outside this month to enjoy the winter garden.


Hardy plants can naturally withstand a touch of frost, so choose a few to add winter interest to your displays.


Remind people of winter jobs to tempt them outside, including clearing away the remains of last summer’s bedding and crops, sweeping-up the final fallen leaves of autumn, and improving soil by forking in generous quantities of compost. Don’t forget the birds either, regularly cleaning and topping-up feeders and birdbaths.



Put on gardening events and get people out to enjoy inspiring talks, meet other gardeners, and exchange ideas for the new gardening season ahead.


Did you know?

Gardening during winter brings us outside into the daylight to exercise, which is vital for our health and wellbeing. This can help reduce symptoms from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as ‘winter depression’ or the winter blues that often begin when days get shorter.



Hardy shrubs for winter flower include:

  • Wintersweet – Chimonanthus praecox
  • Winter Honeysuckle  Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ AGM
  • Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’
  • Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ AGM
  • Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’
  • Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)
  • Sweet Box (Sarcococca)
  • Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum AGM)
  • Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ AGM
  • Winter Heathers (Erica carnea varieties)


Trees and shrubs for fruits and berries include:

  • Holly (Ilex varieties)
  • Firethorn (Pyracantha varieties)
  • Rowan (Sorbus)
  • Beauty Berry (Callicarpa ‘Profusion’ AGM)
  • Snowberry (Symphoricarpos)
  • Prickly Heath (Gaultheria mucronata)
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