The spring heatwave saw Wyevale Garden Centres’ weekend sales up 42% year on year, rounding off its biggest sales week of the year so far as Brits dusted off their gardening gloves ready to make up for lost time, the retailer has revealed.
The garden centre retailer, with 145 centres across the country, sold in excess of one million pots and packs of plants in the week, as customers sought out instant ways to brighten up their gardens, patios and doorsteps following the long, cold winter. Sales of box bedding were up 174% compared to the previous week, and rhododendrons and Azaleas proved particularly popular varieties (+74% WoW) as the warmer weather means they’ll finally be given the chance to show off their seasonal splendour.
The change in weather has also seen a change in the pecking order for Wyevale Garden Centres’ beautiful blooms, with Geraniums, Marigolds and Begonias replacing Pansies, Viola and Primroses as the nation’s top-sellers of the week.
The grow-your-own trend also shows no signs of abating, with vegetables and herbs up 82% in sales WoW as Brits play catch-up with their vegetable plots and edible gardens.