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Easy to grow purple hydrangea

Shrubs are a key element for building good garden bones so it's important to get their placement right.

Oso Easy Cherry Pie Rose

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.

Jet black foliage, excellent vigor and exceptional garden performance make this award-winning coral bells as unique as its namesake. Meet the one and only Primo ‘Black Pearl’ Heuchera (coral bells).

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 new 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.

Cityline hydrangeas

JANE BEGGS-JOLES

Marketing Specialist
Spring Meadow Nursery Inc            

Jane Beggs-Joles began her horticultural career at River Farm, headquarters of the American Horticultural Society, where she worked as a gardener and intern for two warm, humid northern Virginia summers. Despite the charms of that Potomac estate, she moved to Michigan to earn her B.S. in horticulture from Michigan State University and then undertook an M.S. degree in agricultural economics. Jane joined the team  at Spring Meadow Nursery in 1999, five years before their 2004 partnership with Proven Winners. Jane’s current position of licensee analyst enables her to enjoy two of her passions: excellent plants and well-organized spreadsheets. She firmly believes that there is a botanical answer to any landscape situation, and strives to make it easy for people to choose the right plant in the right place.

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? 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! Click on the plant names to learn more about each individual variety.

Preparing your shrubs for winter is easy, as long as you've selected a plant that is hardy in your area, do nothing.  Learn more details and tips in this article.

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