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Proven Winners is all about trialing plants for years before deciding to add them to our line, and one of the criteria we test for is if the plant will perform well for home gardeners, with ease. For the past several years we have asked a wide range of professionals in our industry to help us select varieties to feature as National Plants of the Year. Here is the collection for 2020, plus three great new introductions that just missed being National Plants of the Year. You can be confident that these low-maintenance plants will surpass your expectations, without much help from you.

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.

We all love ‘the hunt’ in spring, the stroll down the garden center aisles, looking left and right for the new plant varieties you’ve been hearing about for months! Then, the excitement of seeing the newest cultivars, putting them in your cart, mentally planning just exactly how you are going to use it…that’s the joy of the season ahead.

Every garden has challenges that you must tackle in order to be successful in creating a beautiful space. Long term, you can make it easier on yourself by choosing durable plants that are well-suited to the area you have in mind. 

 

Does the thought of holiday shopping make you want to pull the blanket over your head until January? Gift giving can be hard on the budget this time of year, but we’ve found five solutions under $30 that every gardener on your list will love. They’re sure to put a little jingle back in your step. The trick is to start now so you won’t be panicked come December. 

Even though you may prefer a nicely air-conditioned house in summer, there are plenty of hardy plants that thrive in the heat outdoors. Let’s take a closer look at ten of our favorites for your hot, dry landscape.

Finding plants that will thrive all summer long in hot, dry climates can be challenging. These plants are great options to consider for your containers and landscape.

You’ve selected a beautiful ornamental grass to add to your landscape. Now, what should you plant with it? Here are ten ideas for perfect pairings.

 

Yezberry Honey Bunch haskap Proven Winners

Leaves get all the credit for making autumn beautiful, but berries are no slouch at bringing  a whole new range of colors, forms, and interest to the landscape. However, lots of gardeners miss out on the unique feature of berries because the plants that create them don’t look like much when during the prime spring shopping season at garden centers. Here’s your chance to change that! Adding these shrubs that have beautiful fruit to your planting list will ensure an even more colorful autumn next year and beyond.

Let's Dance Rave Hydrangea

If you want to plant an attention grabbing garden, vividly colored plants are just the ticket. These brightly colored flowers are a great way to bring life to your garden beds and will create a traffic stopping display!

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