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Summer sun can be brutally strong in some climates, and it’s not for the faint of heart. These ten new heat tolerant annuals for 2016 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.

At Proven Winners, we offer a vast array of annuals, perennials and shrubs, though perhaps none are better known than what we fondly call our “Three Supers”: Superbells® Calibrachoa, Supertunia® Petunia and Superbena® Verbena. If you could only choose one Proven Winners variety for your sunny garden and containers this year, try one of these new Supers. You will be absolutely amazed by the beautiful garden performance they deliver from spring into fall.  

Grower Tip: All of our "Supers" grow and bloom best when grown in full sun to part shade and are fed regularly with water soluble plant food. Detailed growing instructions can be found under the linked plant names below. 

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!

I am once again writing about my garden each month. You'll get to see the good and the bad, after all gardening is a different adventure every year.

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.

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