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Hi, I’m Susan and I’m a copywriter and resident Plant Geek for Proven Winners. You’ll find me either writing about or working hands-on with all kinds of plants just about every day of the week here in my zone 6 Michigan garden. You guessed it—plants are my passion! My garden is nearly entirely encompassed in various degrees of shade, so I’ve come to know which Proven Winners work best in my environment. I envy those of you who have sunny landscapes! What I would give for just a little slice of sunshine…

Can a landscape have too many fragrant plants? I, for one, don’t think so! Breathing in the flower-scented air of your own backyard never fails to thrill, and I still have powerful memories of the lilies of the valley in my grandmother’s backyard. Nowadays, I rely a lot on shrubs for fragrance, since many bloom longer than their herbaceous counterparts. Here are some favorites you can try in your garden to start making your own fragrant memories.

10 Great but Under-loved Plants

Black walnut trees have a well-deserved reputation for making life difficult for gardeners because they release a toxic compound called juglone, which can adversely affect many kinds of plants.

Today’s busy gardeners want and need low maintenance landscapes. They desire a beautiful yard but often don’t have the time or expertise to achieve the look they want. Do them a favor and plant these low maintenance annuals, perennials and shrubs to guarantee their success.

Tired of planting plain ole pansies for all of your early season projects? Proven Winners has six creative alternatives available in every color of the rainbow--perfect for the landscape or a bright patio container combination. Prepare to be inspired!

If you love a certain flowering shrub of ours, we have new varieties you will love even more! Check out our new kids on the block!

If you are lucky enough to live in a part of the country where winter means it never freezes, then you are a lucky gardener!

Learn about ways to use Chartreuse in the garden, along with plants that sport the color.

How to care for perennial ornamental grasses.

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