Colorful plants that offer sweeping swathes of color are wonderful additions to landscapes. As I well know, filling those large spaces - I have a 60 foot by 8-foot bed where I fill in lots of space with annuals - can get expensive. I love how annuals provide constant, all-summer color and flexibility to change my color scheme. I also enjoy a good deal which is why I often choose fast-growing, wide-spreading annuals that I can depend on to fill the border with color. Here are some of my favorites for adding lots of color with not that many plants.
Shrubs are a key element for building good garden bones so it's important to get their placement right.
For many home gardeners, it’s not the lack of desire to work in the garden, but the lack of time to do the work. Wouldn’t it be nice to relax on your patio, look out into your lush landscape, and know that the shrubs you’ve planted are growing beautifully all on their own? By choosing low maintenance varieties, it’s easy to realize that dream. Here are five top-rated shrubs you’ll love to grow.
At Proven Winners, we offer a vast array of annuals, perennials and shrubs and many of them are stars in both landscapes and containers. Here are a few annual plants we want to introduce you to that will wow almost anywhere you put them. You will be absolutely amazed by the beautiful garden performance they deliver from spring into fall.
The SMART SHRUB SERIES
Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs are selected from the best the world has to offer – from far-away places like Korea and Poland to our stateside development and trial facility in Grand Haven, Michigan. Now, get the inside scoop, along with a bit of wit and humor, from a professional horticulturist who knows these shrubs because she’s grown them. Jane will share interesting tidbits about new introductions and old favorites alike, along with landscape ideas, trends, and advice on making our line of award-winning flowering shrubs work for your business.
Solve one of the biggest issues with hydrangeas—unreliable bloom—by planting panicle hydrangeas from Proven Winners. Whether you’re looking to plant a living screen or fill patio pots, there’s a hydrangea to fit your needs.
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.
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 offer these low maintenance annuals, perennials and shrubs to guarantee their success.
Tired of planting plain ole pansies for all of your early season projects? We have ten fun alternatives available in every color of the rainbow--perfect for the landscape or a bright patio container combination. Prepare to be inspired! Click the plant names to learn more about each individual variety.