Michigan produces more annuals and herbaceous perennials (bedding plants for gardens) than ANY OTHER state, and a lot of the reason is Proven Winners. You are likely to see new plant cultivar introductions, that are produced by their network of growers, at most garden centers. "Winners" was jointly founded in 1992 by a California nursery, a New Hampshire nursery, and Four Star Greenhouse in Carlton, Michigan (a half hour south of Detroit Metro Airport). This book, by seasoned garden authors, is a very affordable guide to using some of the most widely available garden plants in good garden and container designs. Putting the right plant in the right place will also save you money. (After you read it, you might want to visit Four Star's display gardens as well.)
Proven Winners is America’s #1 plant brand. And now they are sharing their expert plant knowledge and creative design ideas in their first book, The Proven Winners Garden Book. This definitive guide starts with lessons on how to prepare a space, tips on choosing the right design, and a primer on buying the right plants.
Twelve garden plans provide simple design ideas that will add curb appeal to your home garden. They include—
A welcoming entryway
A butterfly and pollinator garden
A fragrant flower garden
A shady summertime retreat
A deer-resistant garden'
There are an additional twenty-five container recipes that add color and pizzazz to gardens of all sizes—even on balconies and patios. The creative combinations include holiday themes, solutions for shade and other concerns, poolside ideas, and much more.
About the Author
Ruth Rogers Clausen is the author of Timber' s 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, and co author of Essential Perennials and the Proven Winners Garden Book. She received a Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association and has written for the American Garden Guides series. The former horticulture editor for Country Living Gardener magazine, she contributes to Country Gardens, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Handbooks, and Reader's Digest Books.
Thomas Christopher is the author of more than a dozen gardening books. He has written for The New York Times, The Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, and Horticulture Magazine, as well as serving as a columnist for House & Garden and a contributing editor at Martha Stewart Living.
“If gardening feels overwhelming to you, then The Proven Winners Garden Book is for you.”—Garden Design Magazine
“If you don't want to spend hours and hours researching plants and colors and combinations, you'll find plenty of useful ideas in this book that can be quickly turned into stunning garden plans.”—Garden Design Online