Container Gardening Articles
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!
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
YES! It’s a great way to gain more garden space, and it’s something that we do frequently in our trial gardens to specially showcase new varieties. Best of all, it’s easy to do!
Containers filled with perennials, doesn't necessarily ensure winter survival. Without adequate protection from cold, a perennial plant can succumb to cold injury—turning it into an annual.
There are some special considerations when it comes to containers for fall color.