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Planting with Care—Proven Tips from Proven Winners

The best tip for successful planting is simple, “Right plant, right place.” 

To make sure you are planting the right plant in the right place, you need to understand what a plant needs when it comes to light, moisture, type of soil, and recommended uses.  Proven Winners® plant profiles and plant tags include this information and more

You also need to decide if you want a one-season annual or multi-year perennial. Whether a plant grows as an annual or perennial is based on the hardiness zone in which you live and the conditions the plant requires.

If you want a perennial, shrub, or tree to survive and grow year after year, the plant must tolerate year-round conditions in your zone including your area’s lowest and highest temperatures and the amount of rainfall it receives. For example, if you are in Zone 5 any plant that is Zone 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 will be a perennial in your area. Plants rated for zone 6, 7 8, 9 or 10 hardiness would be an annual.  Specific areas of your yard may be hot spots and tolerate one zone higher.  Hardiness zones are shown on Proven Winners® plant tags.

Here are more tips for planting and growing a gorgeous garden:

Learn how to plant a shrub.

Learn about what shrubs you can add to your garden to get fresh late summer and fall color for your garden, year after year.

While even as recently as twenty years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find more than a few cultivars of this plant, nurseries who once sold Hibiscus seedlings by the color, are now realizing the full scope and variety of this beautiful plant and are offering interesting new cultivars.

‘Intensia®’ is an annual phlox that produces the same hefty blooms as its perennial cousins, but with much more gusto.

This article covers the basics of building and utilizing raised beds for gardening.

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