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What comes to mind when you hear the word “gardening”? Some immediately think of hard work: tilling the soil, pulling the weeds, planting crops, getting your hands dirty. Others consider gardening to be a way to reconnect with nature after a stressful day at work, a way to help feed pollinators, a means to be able to grow what they eat, or an artistic expression of oneself. No matter your answer, we should all have one reason in common: Gardening is fun!

Each year we introduce new plants, and 2016 is a banner year for new Proven Winners® varieties. We have 43 new annuals and I want to give you a quick introduction to each of them.  However, with 43 plants I am going to break them into three different groups based loosely on color. 

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I am going to include tons of pictures with ideas to inspire your own creativity.

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 here for 17 years.  Out of the 100's of Proven Winners plants in my yard (DeKalb, IL) these are my top favorites.

Little Quick Fire Hydrangea

YES! It’s a great way to gain more garden space, and it’s something that we do frequently in our trial gardens to specially showcase new varieties. Best of all, it’s easy to do!

 

There are some special considerations when it comes to containers for fall color.

See photos and commentary on my garden for 2014.

Here are a few ideas for some specific needs. Everyone is always looking for annuals for shade and for height.  And don't forget to plant something that smells good close to your seating area or close to your door. 

Learn which shrubs are great for containers and small garden spaces.

Flowers come in many colors and many forms.  One often overlooked type are flowers that feature more than one color.  These Bicolored blooms can be a great addition to any garden.

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