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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 there for 15 years.  Out of the 100's of Proven Winners plants in my yard these are my top favorite.

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

Tired of planting the same thing every year for shade? Try these unique ideas.

Hostas and Yews are dependable standbys for shade, but there are many alternatives you may not have considered yet. Calycanthus, Itea, Tiarella and Coleus light up shady landscapes with their colorful foliage and fragrant blooms. Here are ten different shade plants you can use to give your clients’ shade gardens a little more spunk. Try pairing them with the unique shade planting partners suggested with each item.

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!

Do you love all things Mid-Century?  If so, this article is for you.

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

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