The Proven Winners Garden Gurus

Today, I’m totally excited to get to announce that I’m one of the eight new Proven Winners Garden Gurus! I’ll get to have a sneak peek at some of the latest Proven Winners plants (and share photos of them in action), as well as write an article each month for their website. Edited to add: Wow! My article just went up, and it’s the first one to go live on the new site! Check out my introductory post here.

When Proven Winners first contacted me about this opportunity, I was delighted. Obviously I love their selection of both garden favorites and the more unusual plants (Like this wildly cool begonia!) but what I love even more is that they try to give gardeners the tools they need to succeed with their plants.

Some gardening companies can be stingy with the photos or the growing information about their plants – they just don’t make it a priority to help people succeed with growing them. But Proven Winners has tested their varieties so thoroughly that they stand behind their plants, giving advice for novice gardeners and experts alike, so that we can all have a great experience even on our first time growing a new plant.

pretty much picasso container plantingFor instance, check this out: It’s a huge variety of container recipes that are searchable via shade or sun requirements, color schemes, or the style of pot you have.

Even if you don’t use the exact plants they suggest, you can get inspiration on what types of foliage or flower colors go with Pretty Much Picasso supertunias, for example, or apricot Diascia. (I can tell you when I first saw Pretty Much Picasso, I knew I wanted it, but it’s so crazy I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with it. This kind of stuff helps!)

Then, they publish these idea books which you can download for free, which are full of planting inspiration and guidance. And articles about topics ranging from why it’s OK to fail in the garden to how to go all True Blood with gothy dark plants.

What other company takes the time to equip gardeners in this way?

So I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to the new Proven Winners blog in the coming months. And I’m in good company! Here are the other seven ladies who will be joining me as Proven Winners Garden Gurus:

Carolyn Binder of Cowlick Cottage Farm
Jenny Peterson of Jenny Peterson Garden Design
Amanda Thomsen of Kiss my Aster
Dee Nash of Red Dirt Ramblings
Laura Mathews of Punk Rock Gardens
Niki Jabbour of Year Round Veggie Gardener
Jean Ann Van Krevelen of Gardener to Farmer

I’ll keep you updated about any new posts that go live over there. Thanks for celebrating this with me! I can’t wait to test out some of their new-and-cool varieties in the coming year.


    • says

      Vincent, why don’t you email Danielle at Proven Winners about that? I’d be very keen to hear her take on that particular issue. She’s at: – I’m sure she’d love the chance to comment.

      They’re not terrifically invasive in my climate so I haven’t given much attention to that particular issue, but I can say that I wouldn’t use something like English ivy, which is invasive here, even “just” in a pot. When people are done with their pots, they often just dump them out on their land somewhere. Twenty years later, it’s smothering their trees! But I take it this isn’t a problem elsewhere with ivy, so I’m glad they’re working towards having more regional coverage so that we can all give the tips that are appropriate for our own climes. I know some people do get offended when I discuss MIscanthus here, but it isn’t at all invasive in my few-state area and can be an appropriate choice here (low-water, etc). So I think regional coverage really helps .

        • says

          No, you’re cool Vincent! :) It’s a valid question and one that I hope they will speak to. How does a company like that provide good information about what’s invasive in certain regions while not scaring off people from regions where a plant can be appropriate? It’s a tough balance, and one that I think every writer (as well as company) needs to navigate at some point.

  1. says

    Hi Genevieve:

    I also love all the great information that Proven Winners provides for their customers, not to mention their gorgeous assortment of well-tested plants! I look forward to our journey together as regional Garden Gurus!

  2. Benson Rivera says

    Congratulations Genevieve! you really deserves to be on top. I’ve already visited your previous posts and I’ve seen your garden. It’s truly wonderful! I think you have a green thumb. You really are a Guru!

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