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Living Coral Is The Colour Of The Year 2019

Pantone Colour of the Year: Coral

This year’s colour of the year is Pantone 16-1546 (Living Coral) so you can expect to see a number of pinky/orangy/coral plants in the garden centres this year.

Here are a few from Proven Winners to consider:

Infinity® Salmon Impatiens (Annual):
Vigorous, upright plants with large flowers; great flowering colour for shade areas. Deadheading not necessary.

Oso Easy® Mango Salsa Rose (Shrub):
The continuous blooms cover the tidy mound of dark, glossy foliage. This is a wonderful choice for mass plantings or adding unusual colour to mixed borders.

Toucan® Coral Canna (Annual):
This Canna Lily will bloom all summer, it is extremely heat tolerant – loving both heat and humidity. they can take damp conditions, but they are not especially water needy.

Pyromania® Hot and Cold
Red Hot Poker (Perennial):

Bring unique drama to your landscape with the spiky flowers and upright habit of this perennial. Drought resistant and pollinator friendly.

Check out these at your local garden centres. For some more ideas visit the Proven Winners Website.

Proven Winners 2019 Must See Plants at Canada Blooms

Proven Winners 2019 Must See Plants

Proven Winners searches the world to bring you vibrant flowering annuals, perennials and shrubs that deliver the most beautiful garden performance. Drop by the Proven Winners “Must See Plants” Showcase  at Canada Blooms for a peek at what is new and exciting for the 2019 growing season, you’re sure to fall in love.

Here are are just five that you won’t want to miss:

1. Angelface® Cascade White Angelonia
Gardeners love summer snapdragons for their extreme heat, humidity and drought tolerance. Until now they were strictly upright plants that make for showy thrillers in containers and landscapes. The new Angelface Cascade varieties are different in that they have larger flowers and have branches reaching outward and downward. This makes them perfect for hanging baskets and upright containers as a filler and a spiller. Pair them with other sun loving annuals and they will easily weave their way in and around to create full combination containers with their all summer blooms. Full sun, 8-14” in height with a spread of 12-30”.

2. Amazel™ Basil Ocimum
This is truly a game changing plant—it is the first Italian sweet basil that is highly resistant to downy mildew, a disease that often plaques basil. And since it is a sterile plant, this large vigorous basil produces a higher amount of large, deliciously aromatic leaves. The more you harvest, the better it grows. It’s time to make the switch from your old basil…to Amazel! Will reach a height of 36” with a spread of 24”, very large for a basil variety. Best in full sun.

3. Truffula Pink Gomphrena
This is an easy to grow annual with hot pink, cotton ball-shaped blooms that pollinators adore. Also a perfect plant for fresh bouquets and dried crafts and arrangements too. A plant that thrives in heat and humidity. Will reach 30” in height, with a spread of 24”. Best in full sun.

4. Supertunia Vista® Paradise Petunia
If you love our Supertunia Vista® Bubblegum then you’ll love how this new variety will blanket your landscape with a wave of watermelon pink blooms. This plant will continue to thrive in heat and humid conditions with no deadheading needed. Will reach 24” in height with a spread up to 36”. Best in full sun with a regular application of water soluble plant food for amazing performance.

5. Rockin’ Fuchsia Salvia
This is a hummingbird magnet like no other plant! These intense fuchsia flowers on black stems have deep throats that hold plenty of nectar for your favorite pollinators. A color never seen before in this type of salvia. Will grow up to 36” in height with a spread of 30”. Best in full sun.

While at the Proven Winners Showcase speak to the professionals, because whether you have large garden, small space corner, or container they will be able to help you choose the right plants to be the envy of the neighbourhood.

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Plant Profile: Bobo® Hydrangea from Proven Winners

Bobo Hydrangea from Proven Winners

The Bobo® dwarf panicle hydrangea has been turning heads since it was first discovered in trial gardens in Belgium years ago! This variety is exceptionally floriferous with a compact frame that is smothered with large, lacy, white coned shaped blooms every summer. Held upright on strong stems, enjoy these large flowers as they continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom. The flowers age to a lovely soft pink and will be a nice addition to a vase on your table indoors too.

Bobo is hardy in zones 3-8 and will do best in full to part sun. Since it can take temperatures down to -40°C we know it will enjoy life far north! Expect it to reach a height and width of 2 ½ to 3 feet (just under a meter). Bobo hydrangea is adaptable to many soils with only moderate moisture needed, and will bloom each summer regardless of climate, soil, pH or pruning.

For more information on this hydrangea, and to find a store near you, please visit www.provenwinners.com.

Bobo Hydrangea from Proven Winners

Bobo Hydrangea from Proven Winner

 

Plant At A Glance: PROVEN WINNERS’ POLKA DOT PLANT ‘HIPPO ROSE’

Proven Winners Polka Dot Plant

The polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) ‘Hippo Rose’, produced by Proven Winners, is a bright and beautiful plant, with spotted leaves that stand out, especially next to other plants.  Foliage is the main reason to grow this plants and it has been found to be an easy-to-grow plant for both sunny and shady locations.

Sure to be a favourite at local nurseries and garden centres this season, the polka dot plants are well suited for indoor use and in temperate to warm zones they can be grown outside.

Growing Conditions:
Light: bright light is best, but when tested in the University of Guelph Trial beds it did well in shade as well. If you prefer more colour then consider some direct sunlight, which should deepen the colours.
Water: keep the soil moist in the summer growing season. If your plant flowers and then goes dormant, reduce water and resume when new growth starts.
Fertilizer: during the growing season, feed weekly with a weak liquid fertilizer that includes micronutrients.
Soil: A light, fast-draining potting soil is perfect.

The ‘Hippo Rose’ was grown and evaluated in the various 2017 trials. It was very popular with visitors who came out to see the trials and in a survey at the University of Guelph, where more than 300 participants were asked to select 3 plants from a group of 21 for use in a mixed container, ‘Hippo Rose’ was the favourite.

For more information on the ‘Hippo Rose’ Polka Dot plant visit your local garden centre.
Additional Reading visit: www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/polka-dot-plant
www.thespruce.com/grow-hypoestes-phyllostachya-indoors-1902650

Canada Blooms Plants Of The Year

Canada Blooms/Proven Winners Plants of the Year

Canada Blooms and Proven Winners are proud to announce the Canada Blooms Plants of the Year for 2018. This year we will be showcase three amazing plants — an annual, a perennial and a shrub, and purple is the colour to look for in the spring.

These three plants selected were chosen from hundreds that were tested in the University of Guelph Trial Gardens program for hardiness suitable for growing in Ontario’s climate.

The Annual – Petunia ‘Supertunia® Bordeaux™’ has vigorous  slightly mounded growth habits that function as both fillers and spillers in containers. They are also excellent landscape plants, best suited to be placed near the front of beds. The Bordeaux has medium to large sized flowers, attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

The Perennial – Heuchera ‘Primo Black Pearl’ has stunning black foliage with ruffled edges, rosy purple undersides, and white flowers that bloom in mid-summer. This salt-tolerant heuchera grows well in both shade and sun. It is also deer resistant and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

The Shrub – Weigela ‘Spilled Wine‘ shares the fabulous deep purple foliage and bright pink flowers of the classic Wine & Roses® weigela but with a shorter growth habit. This beautiful plant grows wider than tall, making it the perfect choice for edging beds or walkways and for incorporating under windows in your landscape design. Like all weigela, it is deer resistant and very easy to care for.

“We’re thrilled that Canada Blooms has graciously agreed to feature our three 2018 National Plants of the Year at their spring festival,” said Marshall Dirks, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Proven Winners. “In just our second year of building this effort, we’ve been pleased that growers and retailers have embraced the National Plant of the Year program, making it easier for gardeners to experience these wonderful varieties. In fact, Supertunia® Bordeaux™, our 2018 Annual of the Year™, was developed by a Canadian, Ken Lander of Sunrise Greenhouses in Pugwash, Nova Scotia.”

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