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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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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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Midsize; more dense and upright habit; rosy red panicles rather than tan.
Height: 4' | Width: 2½' | Zones: 4-9 | Full SunLearn More
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Exceedingly showy, unique color scheme, consistent performance.
Height: 12" | Width: 24" | Zones: 3-9 | Part - Full ShadeLearn More
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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 SunLearn More
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Extremely vigorous and rugged - even in full sun! Very intense black color.
Height: 8-10" | Width: 18-20" | Zones: 4-9 | Full Sun - Full ShadeLearn More
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Vase shaped, incredibly full habit stays upright through winter. Four seasons of color.
Height 3-3½' | Width: 2' | Zones: 3-9 | Full SunLearn More
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Tidy, dense habit that keeps its shape all season long.
Height: 17-20" | Width: 24-36" | Zones: 3-8 | Full SunLearn More
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Free flowering, heavy repeat bloomer.
Height: 12-24" | Width: 10-14" | Zones: 5-9 | Full SunLearn More
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Stronger stems, stays compact, more upright tidy habit.
Height: 28-32" | Width: 34-38" | Zones: 4-9 | Full SunLearn More
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Larger flowers and more continuous bloom.
Height: 19-22" | Width: 18-24" | Zones: 3-9 | Full SunLearn More
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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 SunLearn More
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Much longer life in the landscape, far more prolific in blooming.
Height: 6-8" | Width: 12-14" | Zones: 4-9 | Full - Part SunLearn More
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Perfectly rigid dome shape
Height: 10-12" | Width: 16-20" | Zones: 3-9 | Full SunLearn More
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Near black stems, deep green foliage, shrub-like polished habit.
Height: 24-30" | Width: 38-42" | Zones: 4-9 | Full SunLearn More
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Compact and sturdy, excellent disease resistance, free flowering.
Height: 24-32" | Width: 20-24" | Zones: 4-9 | Full SunLearn More
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More concentrated show of vivid blooms; more dense habit; more upright stems; more consistent rebloom.
Height: 22" | Width: 20-24" | Zones: 3-8 | Full SunLearn More