Now that Proven Winners have unveiled their 2023 choices for annuals, perennials and shrubs, you can start planning your choices for next year’s flower gardens, containers and hanging baskets. Proven winners go through a rigorous two to three year selection process based on all-season color, abundant blooms and disease resistance before being introduced to the public.
You can find these colorful, healthy plants at your local garden center or nursery in the spring, but you can’t plant them from seed.
The company maintains strict quality control
Proven Winners is a for-profit company founded in 1992 that offers tried and tested annuals, perennials and shrubs in Michigan, New Hampshire, California, Florida, Germany and Japan. .
With member growers across the United States, Proven Winners maintains strict quality control of production, provides visible retail marketing, and controls breeding to ensure plants are not stolen or illegally propagated. doing.
Our five choices for 2023 annuals are Trailing Lantana, Mini Petunia, Calibrachoa, Nemesia and Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine.
New Mounted Trailing Lantana Luscious Basket Tangelo lantana camara It has large clusters of bright yellow flowers that vary to a tropical coral color that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. increase. Another advantage is resistance to heat and moisture. It needs full sun.
Color-changing Calibrachoa Superbells Prismatic Pink Lemonade responds to varying light levels and day lengths throughout the growing season. Opening with lemon-yellow flowers that change to bright pink, the plant has a continuous presence of both colors.
This Calibrachoa prefers semi-shade. It has a mound habit that grows 6 to 12 inches tall and 12 to 24 inches wide, making it suitable for borders and containers. No deadhead needed.
If you’re looking for a deep burgundy purple ornamental sweet potato, consider Sweet Caroline Upside Black Coffee. sweet potato. Needing some full sun, this plant grows well behind a trellis or hanging basket.
Try the bright yellow Super Tunia Mini Vista
If you prefer true yellow, try the Supertunia Mini Vista Yellow petunia. Its rounded shape spills over the edge of the container, acting as both a ‘spiller and chiller’, but also as a landscape border.
This plant needs some full sun and is somewhat drought tolerant. It is 6 to 12 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide.
Aromance Mulberry, unlike other Nemesia nemesia bushy It withstands the heat and rain of summer and needs no dead ends to bloom continuously in shades of bright plum fuchsia and lavender with a small yellow throat.
You’ll want to grow this fragrant variety in containers, hanging baskets, window boxes, or in the landscape. It has an upright habit and is 10 to 18 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide.
Christine Michael is a Master Gardener with the Sandusky and Ottawa County Extension Offices..