Container Gardening Articles
Learn about plants that make great thrillers in combination planters.
This year, 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.
Summer sun can be brutally strong in some climates, and it’s not for the faint of heart. These ten new heat tolerant annuals for 2016 not only survive in the heat, they thrive in it. They produce more flowers on larger plants as the temperatures rise, making them ideal for growing in warm climates and places with hot summers.
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.
When gardening in the shade, it can be a challenge to come up with creative ideas for your flower beds and containers. Proven Winners is excited to introduce five new options for shade in 2016. Look for these colorful flowers and fantastic foliage plants at your local retailer this year.
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 2016 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.
- The first group features Cool Hues and Tonal Greens
- The second group focuses on Fun and Flirty Bi-colors
- The third group contains our Bright, Bold 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.
Learn about ways to use black in your garden, along with some plants you can use that have black foliage.
You can imagine I have quite a collection of Proven Winners plants since I've been working here for 17 years. Out of the 100's of Proven Winners plants in my yard (DeKalb, IL) these are my top favorites.