Finding the Right Plant Articles
For long-lasting color and sheer drama in the landscape, few plants rival ornamental sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas). Grown for its showy, exotic-looking foliage, this fast-growing heat lover comes in various colors and forms.
When Proven Winners® was created, the main principle was to introduce innovative plants with great garden performance. We work hard every day to make this vision a reality. The person most responsible for delivering on these principles is our Plant Hunter, Kevin Hurd. Kevin and his team search the world for interesting new plants to trial for Proven Winners. It’s a very cool, unusual and stressful job. His endeavors are the linchpin for our continued success. Here’s a bit of an insider look into how Proven Winners continues to introduce great new plants for gardeners – written in Kevin’s own words.
Yellow is an attention-grabbing color that makes a cheerful statement in the landscape. Use these beautiful yellow flowers to liven up your beds, borders and containers.
Heuchera is a versatile perennial, with attractive foliage and bell-shaped flowers. Also known as coral bells, they offer an array of colors and forms, multi-seasonal interest and long bloom time. Grow them in a shade garden or in pots.
When you see a new Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrub online or in your local garden center, you may not know everything it took for it to get there. That little shrub had to produce some pretty unique qualities to earn its place in a Proven Winners® white pot.
More really is more when it comes to flowers! If you’ve got the space, a line of bountifully blooming shrubs can quickly transform an area from bland to grand. Flowering hedges are perfect for sidewalk edges, the front of the border, disguising fencing, and just about any other place or application you can dream up!
Spirea is one of the most commonly used landscape plants, and for good reason. This hardy deciduous shrub has captivating three-season interest, with a graceful habit, attractive foliage and flowers that bloom over a long time.
For a tropical look, even in cold climates, add rose of Sharon to your yard. This hardy flowering shrub has showy flowers that bloom from midsummer into fall, when most other shrubs are finished for the season.
Have you seen the dinner plate-sized Hibiscus blooming around town this summer? They are easier to grow than you might think, even if you live someplace with very cold winters. Here are five helpful tips for growing your own glorious Summerific® Hibiscus.
Plant-based strategies for supporting pollinators
You’ve probably read the news stories on the “insect apocalypse”: the recent steep decline in insect populations and the potentially dire consequences it holds for other animals and ourselves. It’s easy to get discouraged listening to all the doom and gloom, but the good news is that this is an issue we can all play a part in resolving. The solution is so simple: plant something. Plants and their flowers play a crucial role in sustaining insects, and they in turn sustain everything that eats them, and on up the food chain.