A trend for garden centres to de-stock outdoor plants during the winter months has been noticed, as customers sway away from autumn planting.
That's according to leading commercial nursery, Wyevale Nurseries.
The nursery says that garden centres are now de-stocking their shrub benches in the winter preferring to order plants in the early spring.
Garden centres have now altered their buying patterns to match those of consumers, and despite various campaigns to encourage autumn planting, spring still remains the key season for gardeners.
Sales and marketing director, Adam Dunnett, said: "Gardeners seem to be less confident about planting in the autumn months despite this being an ideal time to do so and now garden centres are de-stocking through the winter to mirror this trend."
To help combat this trend the nursery has launched a variety of offers so plant buyers and garden centres can maximise their shrub sales opportunities.
Mr Dunnett concluded: "Making the most of the early season shrub sales is crucial."