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Many gardeners, including me, love to have flower beds bursting with color all season long. As you might guess, there are thousands of annuals, perennials, and shrubs available to plant in your garden. While we all have favorite plants that we return to year after year, it’s also great fun to add new options to your plant palette. Brand new plants are often a sirens call but don’t overlook older plants that just haven’t quite taken off yet. Here are 12 plants that deserve a chance to steal your heart. Once they’ve taken root in your garden and your heart, be sure to share the secret with your friends!

Wondering which plants are good for foundation plantings? We’ve picked out ten easy to grow perennials and shrubs that thrive in average garden conditions and will look great planted in front of your house. Let’s take a closer look.

Have you ever wondered what kind of flowers you can grow to eat? Check out this list of 10 best edible flowers from our collection.

Heuchera is a versatile perennial, with attractive foliage and bell-shaped flowers. Also known as coral bells, they offer an array of colors and forms, multi-seasonal interest and long bloom time. Grow them in a shade garden or in pots.

Whether you are an experienced gardener or just beginning, it never hurts to review the basics. Please find below links to videos and articles that cover a wide range of gardening basics, this information will tell you everything you need in order to grow a great garden.

 

Many gardeners ask us about how to overwinter their Proven Winners salvias. Plants that are so vigorous and grow so large in a single season seem like they might be durable enough to survive the winter, but will they? The answer is a little more complex than you might think. Here’s the low down on overwintering all of our salvias.

At the end of each year, we always like to look back…before we look ahead. We like to see and learn from finding out what plants were the most popular with gardeners, and then we ask ourselves why? Was it varieties with bright colors, or plants that invite pollinators into the garden, or hydrangeas that offer blooms we can later bring indoors?

Do you find dark plants intriguing? Could your garden use a little more mystery? A goth garden might be just your style. Check out these ideas for designing a goth garden and the enchanting elements one might include.

Enjoy this just-for-fun list of plants with spooky names…‘tis the season for ghouls and ghosts galore and orange and black décor too!

I wish I could claim this idea as my own, but it is one I learned of a few years ago when I visited the University of Tennessee Gardens in Knoxville. They had several different gardens that would surely appeal to children, including a garden gnome village and a hobbit house to explore.  However, the garden that caught my eye was the Plant Zoo. The plant zoo was planted with varieties whose names referenced animals of all kinds. Sometimes the names were specific plant names, like Tiger Lily, but others were common names like Lambs Ear. The tags in the garden used outlines of the animal in the plant name. I love the concept and I think this would be easy enough to pull off in your home garden with your kids or grandkids helping. Such an easy way to get a child interested in a garden! The plant tags the University had, might not be easily replicated. However, if you want to ID your plants, I think clip art, Sharpies, river rocks, and mod podge would allow the kids to make rock markers for your zoo garden in no time!

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