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I am once again writing about my garden each month. You'll get to see the good and the bad, after all gardening is a different adventure every year.

Buddleia 'Miss Molly' (butterfly bush)

It’s hard to beat butterfly bush for sheer flower power – these sun-loving plants are some of the longest blooming shrubs you can find. They come in an array of rich, summer-ready colors, bloom continuously through fall, and of course, attract butterflies and hummingbirds by the score.

Today’s busy gardeners want and need low maintenance landscapes. They desire a beautiful yard but often don’t have the time or expertise to achieve the look they want. Do them a favor and offer these low maintenance annuals, perennials and shrubs to guarantee their success.

Finishing plants outdoors when temperatures are just above freezing can help production in many ways. By increasing your production space and moving more mature crops outside, you can increase the spacing on the remaining plants or order in new plants to get more out of every season. Finishing outdoors under cool temperatures also helps acclimate plants to the outdoor environment, making them tougher, more compact, and increases the plants’ survival rates for your customers when they transplant them. The cool temperatures will slow the crops, so plan for that, but the benefits usually outweigh the longer crop times.

At Proven Winners, we offer a vast array of annuals including great foliage plants.  While flowers are always in demand, we sometimes overlook the interest that foliage plants can bring to a garden.  Not only is colorful foliage available, but the texture these plants provide can add drama and depth to your plantings. Not to mention, you will be absolutely amazed by the beautiful garden performance they deliver from spring into fall.  

Introducing the 2017 Landscape Plant of the Year: Yuki Cherry Blossom® Deutzia! Don't let the delicate look of this pretty pink, spring flowering shrub fool you. It's tough constitution makes it a durable plant for challenging spaces. 

Introducing the 2017 Perennial of the Year: Amazing Daisies® 'Banana Cream'! As our most popular Proven Winners Perennial, the choice was obvious when it came to naming the top perennial of the year. Its buttery yellow blooms and strong growth have earned it a place of honor in gardens across the U.S.

 

Don’t wish away winter too soon. Cold weather is great for plants. Here’s how to handle mid-winter warm spells in your garden.

Introducing the 2017 Annual of the Year: Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum®! In our inaugural year of the National Plant of the Year program, this iconic Supertunia was the obvious choice to represent the very best in our line of flowering annuals.

There is nothing worse than walking out into the garden, only to find that the deer have devoured your favorite plants overnight. Short of installing a nine-foot-tall fence and repeatedly applying repellants, there are few sure cures for the problem, but planting things they don’t prefer to eat will help. Let’s look at ten plants that deer typically will pass by in your garden in favor of tastier treats down the road.

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