Plants just like athletes have to go through rigorous trials before they can become a trophy winner. It takes a lot of work to get to a garden center shelf. So how does a plant evolve from bench warmer to starting line up? I spoke with my friends at Proven Winners®, the all-star team of the plant world, and they explained how their plants become winners.
The training starts in the tropics sometime in January by running prospects through meticulous tests to evaluate performance and disease resistance. Follow the process in this video we taped that shows plants going from tiny cuttings to the gorgeous flowers and foliage you purchase at the nursery.
A big trend in fashion last year was color-blocking; combining blocks of colors in one article of clothing or outfit. It was a big hit that seems to have carried over to 2012. So I got to thinking, why not color-block containers? The same principles that apply to fashion can be used in the garden. Just plant one color flowers and foliage per container. If you really want to take the idea to heart select a bright container to contrast with your plantings. Or choose a neutral hue for the pot to really make the flowers pop.
All About Blue
Blue is my favorite color for the garden. For harmonious pairings choose other cool colors like green, turquoise and purple. Fuchsia is even a good match. Jazz up blue with contrasting hues like orange and yellow.
In this Container:
Proven Winners® Graceful Grasses® Blue Mohawk (Juncus inflexus)
Proven Winners® Sweet Caroline Light Green Sweet Potato Vine