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To ensure only the top performing perennials are put into the Proven Winners brand, each variety is trialed extensively. Like all Proven Winners perennials, the Paint the Town Dianthus series was tested alongside market standards at a range of testing sites in a variety of zones. These perennials are not only trialed in containers, but in ground as well to ensure winter hardiness and performance for many seasons.

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.

Flowers come in many colors and many forms.  One often overlooked type are flowers that feature more than one color.  Bicolor blooms come in a myriad of types and in almost every color under the rainbow.  They can sport an eye that contrasts to the petal edges, stripes, one color grading into another or a petal edge that contrasts with the main flower color, just to name a few.  These bicolored blooms can be a great addition to any garden. Bicolor flowers have become ever more popular over the past few years.  I suppose that really shouldn’t be surprising, after all what’s not to love!

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.

 

Bobo Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are extremely popular and the cool season of fall is the best time to plant them! Here are 5 easy-to-grow, easy-to-love hydrangeas that you can plant with confidence.

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.

Low Scape Mound aronia

While lots of people are talking about it these days, gardening for pollinators – insects, birds, and even bats that feed on the nectar, pollen, and leaves for plants -  isn’t just a trend. It’s central to plants’ roles in our ecosystem. If you don’t get the appeal of attracting pollinators to your landscape, planting one of these ten shrubs will make you a convert. Each one is beautiful, easy to grow, and the pollinators they bring in will add another layer of excitement to the floral display. Or better yet, try more than one, layering in plants for all seasons, to invite nature’s visitors to your home for months each year.

Clay soil—for many it presents a real challenge in the garden. Though there are lots of ways to improve its texture and drainage, make it easy on yourself and choose to grow plants that naturally thrive in clay soils. Here’s a closer look at ten new perennials for clay, shown in order of their bloom times.

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