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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.

Have you ever wondered how plants get their names? We’ll let you in on a little behind-the-scenes action here at Proven Winners and tell you how a few of our favorites were named.

Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' Buddleia (butterfly bush)

“Why isn’t my plant showing any signs of life when everything else in my yard is?” you start to wonder. “Is it dead?”

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.

At Last™ Rose

Every year it’s the same… the snow melts and the rose bush in your garden that has been lying dormant all winter springs to life with the hope and promise of summer. You gently lie your soaker hose under it, and comment how lovely it is looking this year. It flirts with the unfurling of tender, green leaves, and soon colorful little buds are sprouting. You give it a sidelong glance…you think this time it will be different.

Taller plants are essential for making our gardens really sing.  Vertical elements in gardens help stretch the garden into a another dimension and make for a more interesting, better balanced garden.

Learn how garden designer Rochelle Greayer designs an all-white garden.

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.

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 12 plants that deer typically will pass by in your garden in favor of tastier treats down the road.

These 10 plants should be great in landscapes in almost any climate. They were chosen to be heat tolerant, to need limited to no supplemental water and to be easy to care for with no deadheading needed.

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