15 of Our Favorite Proven Winners® for the Landscape

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When picking this list out of the broad and diverse collection of perennials from Proven Winners, it was difficult to point to one, two, or even five perennials as the best. In the end, it became a list of favorites that met all of the following criteria: low yearly maintenance, long lived in the landscape, and a long season of interest. Are there others? Certainly, but we think these are the ones you absolutely can't miss.

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Trialed, In Ground, For Success

To ensure only the top performing perennials are put into the Proven Winners brand, each variety is trialed extensively. Like all Proven Winners perennials, the Paint the Town Dianthus series (pictured) was tested alongside market standards at a range of testing sites in a variety of zones. These perennials are not only trialed in containers, but in ground as well to ensure winter hardiness and performance for many seasons.

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Panicum virgatum 'Apache Rose'

PRAIRIE WINDS® Collection

Midsize; more dense and upright habit; rosy red panicles rather than tan.

Height: 4' | Width: 2½' | Zones: 4-9 | Full Sun

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Hosta 'Autumn Frost'

SHADOWLAND® Collection

Exceedingly showy, unique color scheme, consistent performance.

Height: 12" | Width: 24" | Zones: 3-9 | Part - Full Shade

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Hibiscus 'Berry Awesome'

SUMMERIFIC® Collection

Densely compact, rounded habit - rather than vase shape - massive 7-8” flowers along stem rather than just at top.

Height: 4' | Width: 4½-5' | Zones: 4-9 | Full - Part Sun

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Heuchera 'Black Pearl'

PRIMO® Series

Extremely vigorous and rugged - even in full sun! Very intense black color.

Height: 8-10" | Width: 18-20" | Zones: 4-9 | Full Sun - Full Shade

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Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blue Paradise'

PRAIRIE WINDS® Grasses

Vase shaped, incredibly full habit stays upright through winter. Four seasons of color.

Height 3-3½' | Width: 2' | Zones: 3-9 | Full Sun

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Nepeta faassenii 'Cat's Meow'

Tidy, dense habit that keeps its shape all season long.

Height: 17-20" | Width: 24-36" | Zones: 3-8 | Full Sun

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Leucanthemum superbum Daisy May®

AMAZING DAISIES® Collection

Free flowering, heavy repeat bloomer.

Height: 12-24" | Width: 10-14" | Zones: 5-9 | Full Sun

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Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Denim 'n Lace'

Stronger stems, stays compact, more upright tidy habit.

Height: 28-32" | Width: 34-38" | Zones: 4-9 | Full Sun

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Hemerocallis 'Going Bananas'

RAINBOW RHYTHM® Collection

Larger flowers and more continuous bloom.

Height: 19-22" | Width: 18-24" | Zones: 3-9 | Full Sun

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Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue'

DECADENCE® Series

Very compact and carefree, longer flower spikes sit on top of the plant rather than within the plant.

Height: 3' | Width: 3' | Zones: 4-9 | Full - Part Sun

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Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fuchsia'

Paint the Town Series

Much longer life in the landscape, far more prolific in blooming.

Height: 6-8" | Width: 12-14" | Zones: 4-9 | Full - Part Sun

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Sedum 'Pure Joy'

ROCK 'N GROW® Collection

Perfectly rigid dome shape

Height: 10-12" | Width: 16-20" | Zones: 3-9 | Full Sun

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Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud'

Near black stems, deep green foliage, shrub-like polished habit.

Height: 24-30" | Width: 38-42" | Zones: 4-9 | Full Sun

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Heliopsis helianthoides Tuscan Gold™

Compact and sturdy, excellent disease resistance, free flowering.

Height: 24-32" | Width: 20-24" | Zones: 4-9 | Full Sun

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Salvia nemorosa 'Violet Riot'

COLOR SPIRES® Collection

More concentrated show of vivid blooms; more dense habit; more upright stems; more consistent rebloom.

Height: 22" | Width: 20-24" | Zones: 3-8 | Full Sun

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