As winter draws in and Christmas beckons, indoor plants, floral and foliage decorations assume greater significance. David Coton suggests how you can transform your home with the colourful interest of seasonal plants.
With all the numbers from yesterday's budget in mind, David Coton has been looking through some statistics in relation to the horticultural industry.
While some industries are always in the public eye, car manufacturing and financial services are two examples, it is easy to forget, or not even to know, that horticulture has a major influence on the UK economy.
According to the Horticultural Trades Association, £10.4bn is spent in the UK on garden products, tourism and services.
It's also a major employer with 300,000 people employed in horticulture and landscaping.
The value of UK plant and flower production is £2bn, although £1bn worth of plants and flowers are imported.
Tourism is another factor that makes horticulture so important with a third of tourists visiting a park or garden and contributing £1.4bn to the economy.
Following the success of the recent Hampton Court Flower Show, it's no surprise that membership of the RHS has risen quite dramatically from 90,000 to 440,000 since 2010.
The charity is hoping to pump £100m over the next ten years into developing the next generation of horticulturalists including a Northern School.
Their Campaign for School Gardening involves 19,000 schools while a Greening Grey Britain Campaign has a three year target to transform 6000 unloved spaces from grey to green.
What isn't so encouraging is a statistic from the most recent Growing Trends Survey showing that there's now three times as many paved over front gardens as ten years ago, amounting to 25% of the total.
London, Liverpool and Birmingham are the most paved over, with Edinburgh, Plymouth and the Norwich the greenest. Most depressing is that 25% of people don't worry about the consequences of this trend including an increase in the chance of flooding, although 61% are saddened by the sight.
Much more upbeat is the fact that 93% of people have a garden or grow plants, including 89% of under 25s.
Gardens are used for a variety of activities, gardening is tops with 85%, while 82% of people just use them to relax in. Over half of respondents barbecue and socialise, 42% sunbathe, and 37% watch wildlife with 51% having a specific wildlife area.
The most popular reasons for gardening are personal pleasure (71%) and the desire to create a beautiful space (62%). To attract wildlife and improve the environment comes in at 30%, and nearly as popular is that it's seen as a healthy activity.
In fact 92% think that gardening helps to relax and de-stress, a great way to lift your mood. So instead of going to the doctor when you feel low, the message is to get out into the garden.
Sometimes only the best will do. And if you are looking for the best domestic shed on the UK market it will probably be branded with the Biohort name and logo.
There's little doubt that the sight and sound of flowing water brings another dimension to a garden. Self-contained water features can be stunning focal points or discreet ornamentation. They add animation to a garden, kindling visual and aural interest in areas that have previously lacked a spark.
Elite Greenhouses have always been at the forefront of new design combined with an unrivalled user-friendly experience and the Edge has got it all.
With warmer weather and Easter coming along soon, the garden centre is getting increasingly busy with customers stocking up on bedding plants to fill planters, borders and hanging baskets with colour that will last all summer. There are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.