Sold on Proven Winners Perennial Plants

Proven Winners once again sent me some brand-new 2012 varieties to check out a couple of months ago. But I tend to wait until review plants are established a bit before writing about them as I truly want to see how they deal with my climate. Okay, truth-be-told I’m behind on everything and I’m just now getting around to telling you about these gorgeous plants. I was already pretty about certain how they would do because last year I was thrilled with their performance.

We’re pretty dang hot here in the Northern California Gold Country (foothills); not to mention that we’re situated at the top of a hill and are incredibly sun-soaked. So, I placed the entire group on my back deck so that they receive direct sun only in the mornings.

And they’re simply thriving.

Not that I’m surprised. After all,  I’ve been purchasing plants by Proven Winners for years before they had ever sent me any for review.

Among this little group is Supertunia ‘Indigo Charm’, Buddleia ‘Lo & Behold Ice Chip’, and last year’s Echinacea ‘Little Annie’ (with ‘Elfin’ thyme).

proven winners on a suburban

I planted this Coleus  ‘CB Marooned’   with an ivy that needed some dressing up (it filled the bill nicely).


proven winners plants on a suburban

I love this little group outside of our sliding bedroom door: front and center is Supertunia ‘Indigo Charm’ and to the right is Cleome ‘Seniorita Blanca’. And on the left…check this out….

proven winners plants on a suburban

Remember Spirea ‘Double Play Artist’ that I planted with Calibrachoa Superbells ‘Cherry Star’ last year? Well, they’re baaaaack….even more beautiful than last year (these are the plants that I planted last summer in the same today).

proven winners plants on a suburban

Here’s Coleus ‘ CB Marooned’ was tucked into a container with a once lonely Spirea.


My ceramic frog looks right at home nestled between them…


proven winners plants on a suburban

While I was watering today, this real little frog-dude jumped onto the hose!

proven winners plants and frog on a suburban

Okay, I did put Calibrachoa Superbells ‘Lemon Slice’ in a cute urn out front under our maple tree. It’s getting a little leggy as it reaches for more sun. But what Lemon Slice doesn’t know is that the sun here is unforgiving and it’s better off chillin’ where it is.

proven winners at a suburban

Last is the Hosta ‘Autumn Frost’ which I tucked in with some Moneywort or Creeping Jenny (lysimachia) last year. He came back like gangbusters!

proven winners plants on a  suburban

Here’s a close up of Supertunia ‘Watermelon Charm’. By the way the Super Bells and Supertunias are voracious bloomers and produce bloom after bloom all season long.

Having had the pleasure of growing and enjoying plants by Proven Winners through every season, I can honestly stand behind them as quality varieties that are not only beautiful, but are also hardy and carefree.