The start of spring saw sales in the outdoor plant category soar at garden centres across the country.
During March, outdoor plant sales were up 90.85% compared to the same month the previous year (2018). This is according to the Garden Centre Association’s Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.
Iain Wylie said: “Garden centres across the country have had a great start to the spring season. The milder days we’ve been experiencing have brought customers out to stock up.
“The weather has been very kind to us. We also had the added bonus of Mothering Sunday at the end of the month. Lots of families chose to pop to their local garden centre.
“We’ve also seen great sales in hard landscaping at 88.16% up, garden sundries at 58.53% up and furniture and barbecue sales up 55.33%.”
Sales in seeds and bulbs were up 42.75% and house plant sales were up 26.53%.
Iain added: “It gives everyone in the industry a bit of a boost when we see such great figures like this. With the recent Easter heatwave, we expect April’s sales figures to be even more impressive.”
During March sales in clothing departments were up 9.04% and catering sales were up 19.45%.
Food hall and farm shop sales were up 2.33%, gift sales were up 2.71%. The only department where sales were down was pets and aquatics at -0.06%.
Sales for the month were up 36.75% with a year to date change of 21.51%.