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For many home gardeners, it’s not the lack of desire to work in the garden, but the lack of time to do the work. Wouldn’t it be nice to relax on your patio, look out into your lush landscape, and know that the shrubs you’ve planted are growing beautifully all on their own? By choosing low maintenance varieties, it’s easy to realize that dream. Here are five top-rated shrubs you’ll love to grow.

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. 

Caring for tree-form shrubs is as easy as caring for the normal kind, though pruning needs are different.

Innovation in Hydrangeas with Invincibelle® Spirit II.

Show Off Forsythia

After a deceptively mild December, winter showed up with a vengeance in January. Freezing cold, plenty of snow, and some ice mixed in for good measure. February brought more of the same. When you’re not thinking about how much you don’t want to shovel yet again you’re likely thinking about the promise of spring. You know what that means: a trip to the garden center.

Wedding Ring Buxus (boxwood)

As summer wanes into Fall it can be tempting to walk away from your garden and call it done until spring.  However, soil moisture is still important for perennial and shrubs.  Learn how to determine if your plants need supplemental water in Fall and if they do, how much and how often to water.

Do you love all things Mid-Century?  If so, this article is for you.

Hi, I’m Susan and I’m a copywriter and resident Plant Geek for Proven Winners. You’ll find me either writing about or working hands-on with all kinds of plants just about every day of the week here in my zone 6 Michigan garden. You guessed it—plants are my passion! My garden is nearly entirely encompassed in various degrees of shade, so I’ve come to know which Proven Winners work best in my environment. I envy those of you who have sunny landscapes! What I would give for just a little slice of sunshine…

Can a landscape have too many fragrant plants? I, for one, don’t think so! Breathing in the flower-scented air of your own backyard never fails to thrill, and I still have powerful memories of the lilies of the valley in my grandmother’s backyard. Nowadays, I rely a lot on shrubs for fragrance, since many bloom longer than their herbaceous counterparts. Here are some favorites you can try in your garden to start making your own fragrant memories.

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