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Have you ever wondered how plants get their names? We’ll let you in on a little behind-the-scenes action here at Proven Winners and tell you how a few of our favorites were named.

Tired of growing the same few plants every year in your shade garden? Here are ten new ideas to help you brighten up your space with showy blooms and fantastic foliage.

 

Summer sun can be brutally strong in some climates, and it’s not for the faint of heart. These new heat tolerant annuals not only survive in the heat, they thrive in it. They produce more flowers on larger plants as the temperatures rise, making them ideal for growing in warm climates and places with hot summers.

While northerners are filling their fall containers with traditional mums and gourds, gardeners in warmer climates are gearing up to begin a whole new gardening season that lasts from fall through winter. Let’s take a look at five non-traditional container recipes for southern gardens that reflect the warm mood and rich textures of the season.

 

Purple is the new neutral in the gardening world. It goes with just about any other color you pair it with, from contrasting oranges to complementary pinks and greens. The descriptors “blue” and “purple” are used loosely when it comes to flowers and plants; they describe a whole range of these cool tones. Check out this list of ten varieties we think you’ll love for your garden.

Let’s think beyond the obvious and liven up our gardens and public spaces with bountiful containers filled with cool weather loving plants for fall. From calendulas to coral bells, these ten striking plants offer seasonal color, rich texture and an unexpected twist on traditional autumn displays.

 

Everyone always raves about the perfect little black dress.  When it comes to gardens I think white is just as important and packs more impact than black. White stands out against green foliage and contrasts with every other color under the rainbow. If you’re ever stuck on what color to add to your planting, it’s hard to go wrong with white. Let’s look at ten awesome annuals with white flowers.

Clay soil is much maligned by gardeners and homeowners everywhere, and no wonder: it’s heavy, sticky, and difficult to work in. But the simple fact is that clay soil gets its bad rap because it’s hard on people - from a plant’s point of view, clay soil is usually not problematic at all. In fact, clay soils offer plants two major advantages over other soil types: they hold water well, minimizing drought stress, and are abundant in nutrients essential for plant growth.  So, if you’ve been struggling to achieve your dream garden or landscape in clay soil, cheer up! Here are ten beautiful annuals that will thrive in clay.

Butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds and bees add wonderful movement and great interest to our gardens. Attracting these winged friends to your garden is a fairly simple matter.  Provide them with food, water and shelter and they are happy to come and stay a while. There is a wide palette of plants that will work for both your garden and pollinators.

You’ve seen gorgeous container recipes in pictures, but how do you get that look? It takes some time to learn how to design container combinations like a pro, but we have a few key tips that will prompt a successful start. Let’s take a look at five guidelines for choosing container companions.

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