Proven Winners® - It’s Not Just a Name

Most flower garden enthusiasts have most likely heard of the Proven Winners brand name. It’s hard to miss, because it’s often displayed in the garden centers on banners, pots, plant tags and more. PW’s are featured on many gardening shows and in ads in most home and garden magazines. If you follow any of P. Allen Smith’s gardening programs on television or radio, then Proven Winners is a familiar name.

What exactly does growing a Proven Winners plant mean? The PW group searches the world to find and select plants which are clearly superior to others of their type. They test large numbers of different varieties in their trials in MI, NH, CA, FL, Germany, and Japan. That selection process translates into better performance for the home gardener. The plants are more resistant to disease and insect pests, have heat and humidity tolerance and a broad geographic range of superior performance, all of which means they are overall proven performers. Because of their rigorous testing program, the Proven Winners group has tagged the slogan ‘The right plant for all places’.

Supertunia Royal Velvet
What are the top selling Proven Winners? Supertunia Royal Velvet heads up the list. This petunia was introduced a number of years ago and still continues to outperform and outsell other petunias in its class and color. Euphorbia Diamond Frost and Bacopa Snowstorm Giant Snowflake follow in a tie for 2nd and 3rd place. I love Diamond Frost when it’s used in conjunction with other flowering annuals because it lends such an airy touch to the finished planter. Snowstorm Giant Snowflake continues in popularity with bright white flowers that easily covers a hanging basket. It looks marvelous on its own yet is also a nice filler in combo planters.

Euphorbia Diamond Frost

Bacopa Snowstorm Giant Snowflake

Although I’ve only named 3 varieties in the PW brand, there’s a ton of options. Many garden centers offer fully finished hanging baskets or containers of PW’s in both single and combination plantings. But if you like to create your own, simply look for the Proven Winners pots in which the varieties are grown. You’ll find an abundance of textures and colors to create your own palette of planters!

Be sure to check out the Proven Winners website that is chock full of growing and gardening information. It also has a garden center locator to assist you in finding that perfect group of Proven Winners that is just waiting for you!


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