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Platinum Picks for 2011

One of my missions in life is to make gardening accessible to everyone—brown-thumbs and green-thumbs alike. I just believe the world would be a better place with more gardeners. At the very least it'd be prettier.

To get people hooked on gardening I believe it's important that they have a good first experience. So I advise new gardeners to select exceptional plants that are known to be vigorous and easy care. This tip goes for you old-timers too.

Now, there are lots of plants out there so it can be hard to know which ones to choose, especially if you are new to gardening. Here's a list of 10 plants that I've added to my list of "platinum picks." We've tested these at the Garden Home Retreat and they've proven to be worthy emissaries of my "grow more gardeners" cause.


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