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Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs

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)

Each year we introduce new plants for the upcoming season, and 2016 is a banner year for new Proven Winners®.  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. 

We all want to do the “right” thing and that means switching to plants that are less thirsty.

Nan Sterman is one of California's leading voices on how to:

  • Create beautiful, low water gardens
  • Create sustainable gardens
  • Grow organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs
  • Remove and replace lawn with beautiful, low water plants

Discover the many ways that Nan helps people create the gardens of their dreams at http://www.plantsoup.com/

Nan is also the host of A Growing Passion, a show about ordinary people who happen to be extraordinary (and passionate) gardeners. A Growing Passion takes viewers into their own backyards to explore ways to create beautiful and welcoming outdoor living spaces using plants and products that are achievable, affordable, attractive, and in tune with the natural environment.  Check out this episode about how plants get to market -  http://agrowingpassion.com/episode-305-coming-to-a-nursery-near-you/

 

Learn about ways to use black in your garden, along with some plants you can use that have black foliage.

Little Quick Fire Hydrangea

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.

Are these nasty pests devouring your favorite flowers and plants this summer? Here’s what you can do to stop them.

Two of the most common questions we get are:

  1. Is it hardy for me?
  2. Is it deer resistant?

So here’s a list of our top 10 hardy perennials that deer don’t like!  

You aren’t the only one excited to see all that lush green new growth and colorful blooms popping up in your garden. If you’re like a lot of gardeners, you have slugs and snails hiding in your garden. They come out to feast after you are fast asleep, riddling your beautiful plants with noticeable holes and your blood pressure goes WAY up! So how can you control this assault on your precious plants?  There is no magic wand for most of us, the truth is it takes a lot of diligence to control these pests, but there are options and you can make an impact!

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