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Nothing says spring like these little jewel-toned blossoms! Let's take a closer look at how to grow Nemesia in the garden.

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.

Gatsby Moon Hydrangea

You may have heard that fall is a great time for planting shrubs and perennials. This article explains why that is true.

Seemingly more than ever, crazy colored flowers in all sorts of patterns and shapes not seen before are popping up at garden centers. Many of them are bicolors: flowers with two distinct colors in one. It can be tricky to design with them container combinations, so here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping this season.

At Proven Winners, we offer a vast array of annuals, perennials and shrubs, though perhaps none are better known than what we fondly call our “Three Supers”: Superbells® Calibrachoa, Supertunia® Petunia and Superbena® Verbena. If you could only choose one Proven Winners variety for your sunny garden and containers this year, try one of these new Supers. You will be absolutely amazed by the beautiful garden performance they deliver from spring into fall.

Grower Tip: All of our "Supers" grow and bloom best when grown in full sun to part shade and are fed regularly with water soluble plant food. Detailed growing instructions can be found under the linked plant names below.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “gardening”? Some immediately think of hard work: tilling the soil, pulling the weeds, planting crops, getting your hands dirty. Others consider gardening to be a way to reconnect with nature after a stressful day at work, a way to help feed pollinators, a means to be able to grow what they eat, or an artistic expression of oneself. No matter your answer, we should all have one reason in common: Gardening is fun!

Each year we introduce new plants, and this is a banner year for new Proven Winners® varieties. We have 43 new annuals and I want to give you a quick introduction to each of them.  However, with 43 plants I am going to break them into three different groups based loosely on color. 

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I am going to include tons of pictures with ideas to inspire your own creativity.

Cityline hydrangeas

JANE BEGGS-JOLES

Marketing Specialist
Spring Meadow Nursery Inc            

Jane Beggs-Joles began her horticultural career at River Farm, headquarters of the American Horticultural Society, where she worked as a gardener and intern for two warm, humid northern Virginia summers. Despite the charms of that Potomac estate, she moved to Michigan to earn her B.S. in horticulture from Michigan State University and then undertook an M.S. degree in agricultural economics. Jane joined the team  at Spring Meadow Nursery in 1999, five years before their 2004 partnership with Proven Winners. Jane’s current position of licensee analyst enables her to enjoy two of her passions: excellent plants and well-organized spreadsheets. She firmly believes that there is a botanical answer to any landscape situation, and strives to make it easy for people to choose the right plant in the right place.

The SMART SHRUB SERIES

Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs are selected from the best the world has to offer – from far-away places like Korea and Poland to our stateside development and trial facility in Grand Haven, Michigan. Now, get the inside scoop, along with a bit of wit and humor, from a professional horticulturist who knows these shrubs because she’s grown them. Jane will share interesting tidbits about new introductions and old favorites alike, along with landscape ideas, trends, and advice on making our line of award-winning flowering shrubs work for your business.

Here are 43 new annuals and I want to give you a quick introduction to each of them.  However, with 43 plants I am going to break them into three different groups based loosely on color.  The first group features Cool Hues and Tonal Greens, the second group we are talking about today is Fun and Flirty Bicolors and in our next newsletter will be our third group—Bright, Bold and Hot Colors.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I am going to include tons of pictures with ideas to inspire your own creativity.

Oso Easy Fragrant Spreader Rose

What do you see when you go out to collect the mail each day? A patch of worn earth or a vibrant, blooming garden? Creating a garden that will deliver smiles daily is an easy task when you consider these valuable tips.

Credit: Jitze Couperus (Flickr)

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