New 2013 Proven Winners Varieties

by Genevieve on May 9, 2012

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One of the things I love best about being a garden writer, besides all of the gardening and the writing, is the loot. Getting to try free plants before they’re even out in the nurseries? Yes please! My idea of heaven.

So last week, when my box full of 2013 Proven Winners plants arrived, I was all excited to dig in and start planting. (A tip to my fellow garden writers: if you haven’t yet started making hanging moss baskets, the Proven Winners loot box is a great reason to start!)

Superbells Lemon Slice

While I’m not usually a fan of the warmer colors, one of my favorites in the box was their new Superbells Lemon Slice Calibrachoa, a sun-loving million bells with cream and yellow stripes. Using deep purples with lemony yellow flowers is a new garden trend (hat tip to Jean Ann Van Krevelen!) that I love, since it mixes those deep dark colors that feel so modern with just enough good cheer to keep us smiling. Or, you can use yellows or any color in a monochromatic scheme. It’s one of those designer-y tricks that elevates your plants into being instantly stylish.

Another of my favorites is that Colorblaze Marooned Coleus which you can see being all dark and broody at top. The way the light shines through it is glorious (reminds me of my Cotinus ‘Grace’ shrub), and I can totally imagine it with some deep purple or rich orange flowers for an exotic, tropical look.

Cleome’s a new-to-me plant that I am not sure will grow in my mild climate, but I am excited to test. In hot climates, Cleome’s a vigorous grower, and the spider-like blooms look like little fireworks on top of the foliage. Just, erm, don’t plant it out front if you’re near a high school. The foliage looks a bit like another plant that we often grow here in Humboldt, enough so that an inexperienced goof-off might steal your Cleome for nefarious purposes.

The boxes vary, since Proven Winners releases a number of new varieties each year, but rest assured that if you like container gardening or creating color displays, you’ll have fun with the contents. Your box might include:

• Superbells® Lemon Slice Calibrachoa

• Senorita Blanca® Cleome

• Luscious® Berry Blend Lantana

• Blushing Princess™ Lobularia

• Supertunia® Watermelon Charm Petunia

• Colorblaze® Marooned Coleus

or other surprises!

Want to win your own giant box-o-flowers? Lucky for you, Proven Winners has offered one up just for you guys. This box is nothing to sniff at, in fact it’s big and thrilling enough that my UPS guy even looked jealous (I have no idea if he gardens). Anyway, it’s yours for the taking if you’re the winner. Just leave a comment and I’ll choose a winner at random on May 16th! US only. Good luck! EDIT: Jen is the winner! Congrats, Jen!

Disclosure: I’m a paid blogger/ Garden Guru for Proven Winners plants, and they sent me these plants to try as well as provided the box of plants for the giveaway.

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Kimberly May 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

Who doesn’t want a box of new plants?!?!


Heather May 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

I am so in like flynn on this!!!


Carol May 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

Sign me up!


John May 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

I love creating new combination baskets for display around the yard.


jeavonna May 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

In my next life I’m going to be named Random Winner. Lol.

Great prize. they would fit right in next to the rest of my Proven Winners.


Modern Mia Gardening May 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

What a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!


Mar May 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Count me in on the game, too, please. Just built two new beds that would love to be filled with such fun stuff!


Amy R May 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Too much fun!!


Justin May 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm

We just planted some Superbells Cherry Star, would love to try Lemon Slice as well!


Theresa N May 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Those Superbells are beautiful! You do have the best job I’m turning green with envy, but green is good at my house. :)


Lori May 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

What a fantastic give away! I love Proven Winner products.


Elaine Sumner Rumsey May 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Because men think sending flowers that ‘will just die’ is a waste of money, many years ago I started growing my own! All I want! The more the better! So send ‘em over! :)
Thank you!!


Linda May 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

is there something like this box for Canadians — how very fun!


Deb May 10, 2012 at 5:01 am

Love the yellow. Purple is my favorite color (and the bees like it) so it dominates my garden.


Jen. May 10, 2012 at 5:11 am

Free plants? Would love to have a chance!


pam May 10, 2012 at 5:22 am

I had shoulder surgery and can only do containers this year. I woul love these! :-)



Kathy M. May 10, 2012 at 5:22 am

Box of lovelies? Yes, please!


Kristin May 10, 2012 at 5:40 am

A chance to try some new plants? Sign me up! Thanks!


Kim R. May 10, 2012 at 5:41 am

With a yard that has a variety of sun, part sun, full shade, I would L-O-V-E the opportunity to own these Proven Winners! My beige house cries out for color.


Donna Rivers May 10, 2012 at 5:52 am

YUMmy! That broody coleus is calling to me….plant lust is such a dangerous thing.


BARBARA NOVAK May 10, 2012 at 6:02 am

If I won, I might even share some with my flower floozy friends.


Deb May 10, 2012 at 6:17 am

Ooooooooohhh! I would love to receive this offer and share with my garden club! Thanks for the chance!!


Mary May 10, 2012 at 6:37 am

What a fabulous give-away! I’d love to be the winner of Proven Winners.


Humboldtjen May 10, 2012 at 7:21 am

Although I’m pretty focused on the vegetable part of my garden…..I love flowers too! Would make me a very happy girl to win!


Terry May 10, 2012 at 7:43 am

New? Free? Plants? Proven Winners? You bet I’ll sign up! Please count me in!


Brian S May 10, 2012 at 8:06 am

I know just where to place these in the beds!! Yes please


dheckert (Scholar's Garden) May 10, 2012 at 8:15 am

It would be so great to try these babies out down at our community garden at 6/15 Green in Park Slope, Brooklyn! We always need plants to keep things looking nice!


ChrissyMN May 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

This is awesome! I love the Lemon slice. I’m in!


Aaron Barr May 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

We plant some of the Superbells in deck boxes each year – they bloom and bloom and bloom. How great to try some new varieties! Sign me up!


Sue Schwartz May 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Oh man ! Do I want to have my own brooding coleus!! I want to plant it next to that cheerfully striped yellow and white callibrachoa and see if the attitudes are altered or perhaps intensified by close contact. Don’t you love scientific experiments ??


Michelle May 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Free plants? Love it! Yes please.


Jennifer Petritz May 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Whoo Hoo! Here’s hoping procrastination pays off….I’ve yet to purchase summer goodness yet….maybe….I won’t have too! That Lemon Slice is so lovely…


barbara wise May 10, 2012 at 7:02 pm

This is a sign of a serious addiction. I work with plants all day but I am lusting after these incredible new varieties from Proven Winners!! Sign me up for the drawing!


barbara wise May 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

forgot to add the http:// in front of my website – sorry!


Mary Lou Goodwin May 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm

The Eureka Sequoia Garden Club is sponsoring a Gardening Study School. We would
love to receive the Proven Winners plants , grow them on and then have an evaluation at the school in October. They will be planted at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds.


Deborah Goudreau May 10, 2012 at 9:21 pm

This website has inspired me to make my garden pop with colour this year! Lemonslice Superbells will be a great start!


Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life May 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Count me in. That is a wonderful giveaway. Thanks!!


Maria Jackson May 11, 2012 at 6:25 am

Ooh – looks like a fun day of gardening adding all these beauties!


Andrea Stewart May 11, 2012 at 7:56 am

I agree with Kimberly. Who wouldn’t want a bunch of new plants? Count me in.


Evelyn Vincent May 12, 2012 at 1:56 am

Nice collection, count me in please!


Jackie DiGiovanni May 12, 2012 at 5:20 am

I’ve always had great success with PW plants. PW is so good at what they do, they make me a very successful gardener.


Niko Okamoto May 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I love the perfectly named Proven Winners – great new plants I never have to wonder whether they’ll perform or not. And you know what? If they don’t, it’s MY fault.


Kay Diehl May 13, 2012 at 7:49 am

Include me in! Truly lusting after the Marooned Coleus!!


Crystal May 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Yes Please!


daniel @ small kitchen garden May 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Hoping if I win that the box of plants comes with a recipe book as well! Thanks to you and Proven Winners for running a giveaway.


Karen Garland May 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Gorgeous plants with great color! I know that the bees and butterflies in my garden would be just as happy as me too!!


David May 14, 2012 at 5:57 am

I want in on the fun!


Crystal Godfrey May 14, 2012 at 5:59 am

Container design is my specialty! Would love a chance to use new varieties in my own containers at home!


KathyG May 14, 2012 at 8:12 am

Oooooh, look ay all the commenters. But I’m in too, would love to win free plants. Containers are the place I let myself go with color and design, and I am much bolder than in the open garden. Past container experiments have led to some great results in the flower beds. New babies to play with would be fun!


Karen Decker May 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

Proven Winners have the most reliable and spectacular plants. I’d love to try the new ones this season.


Mia May 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I just found your blog and love Proven Winners. This would be so much fun!


Sarah Z May 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Sign me up, please!!


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