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Top 10 Recommended Annuals for Landscapes

It’s time to think about spicing up the landscape with Proven Winners annuals. From a groundbreaking Calibrachoa for in-ground plantings to a rainbow of Supertunias, you'll find something to suit every garden style. Here are our top ten recommended annuals for landscapes.

 

#1 - SUPERBELLS® Garden Rose Calibrachoa

The groundbreaking Superbells® Garden Rose is the first in a line of Calibrachoa bred for landscape use rather than containers, though it performs admirably in containers too. It is extremely vigorous, quickly covering 2-3 feet of ground, and blooms all summer without deadheading, even in hot, humid weather.

Landscape Companions:  Meteor Shower® Verbena bonariensis, RAINBOW RHYTHM® ‘Going Bananas’ Hemerocallis, ‘Miss Ruby’ Buddleia

#2 - CAMPFIRE® Fireburst Bidens

A breakthrough color for Bidens, Campfire® Fireburst bears rich orange and yellow bicolor blooms on compact plants from the time of planting until the first frost. It can be paired with other medium to high vigor plants such as Supertunia® in containers and landscapes. This is a full sun plant that is heat and drought tolerant once established.

Landscape Companions: SUPERTUNIA® Honey Petunia, PRAIRIE WINDS® ‘Cheyenne Sky’ Panicum, Fine Wine® Weigela

#3 - DAHLIGHTFUL® Dahlia variabilis Georgia Peach, Lively Lavender and
Sultry Scarlet

These gorgeous mid-sized, semi-double flowered dahlias have incredible impact when planted en masse in the landscape, and they work great as thrillers in large combination planters too. Unlike some Dahlias, the Dahlightful® series keeps on producing flowers from early through late in the season so you’ll have color longer in the garden.

Landscape Companions: White Knight® Lobularia, SUMMERIFIC® ‘Perfect Storm’ Hibiscus, ABRACADABRA® Orb Hydrangea macrophylla

#4 –  Señorita Blanca® and  Señorita Mi Amor® Cleome

Gardeners have grown to love the Proven Winners line of cleomes because they are thornless, seedless, odorless, and not sticky. Señorita Blanca® produces showy, pure white blooms while Señorita Mi Amor® profusely bears soft blush pink flowers from spring to frost. They are superb plants for the landscape where their vigorous growth and heat, humidity, and drought tolerance make them shining stars.

Landscape Companions: GRACEFUL GRASSES® ‘Sky Rocket’ Pennisetum, SUPERTUNIA® Bordeaux Petunia, OSO HAPPY® Smoothie Rosa

#5 – Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Lime Ipomoea

With more sunfast coloring than some older sweet potato vines, this selection keeps its lime green color all season without bleaching out. It’s also a bit less rambunctious than some, making it easier to pair with other plants. Use it as an annual groundcover in landscapes where it has proven to be extremely heat and humidity tolerant.

Landscape Companions: SUPERBELLS® Garden Rose Calibrachoa, RAINBOW RHYTHM® ‘Primal Scream’ Hemerocallis, Senorita Blanca® Cleome

#6 - LUSCIOUS® Pinkberry Blend Lantana camara

This impressively vigorous, landscape-sized Lantana forms a mounding then trailing mass of dark green foliage dotted with pretty pink and light yellow bicolor blooms all season with minimal seed set. Grow it as a drought tolerant groundcover or in large containers paired with other very vigorous plants.

Landscape Companions: Senorita Mi Amor® Cleome, PRAIRIE WINDS® ‘Apache Rose’ Panicum, INFINITINI® Brite Pink Lagerstroemia

#7 – INTENSIA® White Phlox

An improved habit, increased vigor, and great disease resistance are the standout features of the newest member of the award winning Intensia® series. Phlox are terrific planted en masse in the landscape because of their extended bloom time from late spring through fall and broadly mounding habit. Two keys to success: well-drained soil and planting in mid-spring once temperatures have warmed up.

Landscape Companions: SUPERTUNIA® Royal Velvet Petunia, ‘Cat’s Meow’ Nepeta, Orchid Satin® Hibiscus syriacus

#8 – SUPERTUNIA® Honey Petunia

Supertunia® Honey features an incredible ever-changing array of yellow, orange, salmon, and pink blossoms on mounding, well-branched plants. Its vigor and disease resistance match that of other Supertunias and it exhibits good heat and cold tolerance too. This is an incredibly versatile plant, blooming from spring to frost without deadheading in landscapes, hanging baskets and combination containers.

Landscape Companions: Sweet Caroline Raven Ipomoea, RAINBOW RHYTHM® ‘Ruby Spider’ Hemerocallis, OSO EASY® Paprika Rosa

#9 – Lemon Coral Sedum mexicanum

A tough-as-nails groundcover for landscapes and spiller for containers, this beautifully textured succulent is vigorous and drought tolerant. Its lime green to chartreuse foliage pairs well with other vigorous sun loving plants and remains attractive all season long. Lemon Coral is a breeze to grow in full sun and very well-drained soil.

Landscape Companions: Blue My Mind® Evolvulus, COLOR SPIRES® ‘Violet Riot’ Salvia, SUNJOY® Tangelo Berberis

#10 – Meteor Shower® Verbena bonariensis

An updated look for the species, Meteor Shower® has a denser, more vigorous growth habit which equates to more manageable and attractive plants. Use it as a flowering thriller in finished containers or as a vertical element in landscape beds. Since the plants set little seed, it won’t become invasive like most Verbenas of this type. Heat and drought tolerance as well as deer resistance sweeten its appeal.

Landscape Companions: SUPERTUNIA® Royal Magenta Petunia, ‘Tuscan Sun’ Heliopsis, Spilled Wine® Weigela

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Anonymous Sun, 04/24/2016 - 6:33am

How many of these Proven Winners attract bees, butterflies, humming birds? Marje Stickler

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Kerry Meyer Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:34pm

Marje,

These plants from that list all attract at least one pollinator:

Campfire Bidens

Dahlightful Dahlia

Senorita Cleome

Luscious Lantana

Intensia Phlox

Supertunia Petunia

Meteor Shower Verbena

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Anonymous Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:26pm

Please let us know which ones are attractive to butterflies and bees in our gardens. This is another important aspect of gardening today with habitat loss, saving our bees and butterflies.

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Kerry Meyer Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:34pm

These plants from that list all attract at least one pollinator:

Campfire Bidens

Dahlightful Dahlia

Senorita Cleome

Luscious Lantana

Intensia Phlox

Supertunia Petunia

Meteor Shower Verbena

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