Upcoming Proven Winners® Perennials for 2020-2021

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New At Retail in 2021

2021 promises an exceptional class of new Proven Winners Perennials. From a color breakthrough in Hardy Hibiscus with the creamy yellow flowers of 'French Vanilla', to the new gold standard in mildew resistance among Tall Garden Phlox with 'Opalescence'. Get a full preview of the new class in the list below.

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Baptisia DECADENCE® DELUXE 'Blue Bubbly'

Height: 4' | Spread: 3½-4' | Exposure: Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-9

New to the DECADENCE® DELUXE sub-series is 'Blue Bubbly', a lavender-blue flowering variety. Its vase-like habit matches 'Pink Truffles' and is topped with densely packed, blue flowers. Compared to current collection favorite 'Blueberry Sundae, 'Blue Bubbly' has a taller habit with a different shape, and a lighter blue flower color.

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Bergenia 'Miss Piggy'

Height: 16-18" | Spread: 28-32" | Exposure: Sun to Shade | Zones: 4-9

One of the earliest perennials to bloom each year with clusters of pink, star-shaped flowers. Broad, evergreen foliage stays nice throughout the remainder of the season.

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Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy'

Height: 6-8" | Spread: 12-14" | Exposure: Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-9

Get ready for two new additions to the fantastic Paint the Town Series! These beauties are prized for their bright colors and increased heat tolerance. This translates to better performance nearly nationwide, even in the heat-loving states.

'Paint the Town Fancy' produces 1", single, rosy fuchsia flowers with a red eye and serrated petals.

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Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red'

Height: 6-8" | Spread: 12-14" | Exposure: Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-9

Get ready for two new additions to the fantastic Paint the Town Series! These beauties are prized for their bright colors and increased heat tolerance. This translates to better performance nearly nationwide, even in the heat-loving states.

'Paint the Town Red' produces ¾-1", single, deep magenta red flowers and serrated petals.

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Echinacea COLOR CODED™ 'Frankly Scarlet'

Height: 28-28" | Spread: 16-20" | Exposure: Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-8

COLOR CODED™ varieties are produced clonally from Tissue Culture and will be uniform in color and habit. 'Frankly Scarlet' has 4" bright scarlet orange flowers with horizontally held petals for maximum display. Flowers held over dark green foliage and demonstrates good branching. Intense color lightens to coral orange with age.

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Echinacea COLOR CODED™ 'The Price is White'

Height: 20-22" | Spread: 16-18" | Exposure: Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-8

COLOR CODED™ varieties are produced clonally from Tissue Culture and will be uniform in color and habit. 'The Price is White' has very wide, overlapping, horizontal white petals with a green cone and yellow pollen. Flowers are 5" wide and held horizontally from the cone for maximum display.

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Hemerocallis RAINBOW RHYTHM® 'King of the Ages'

Height: 38" | Spread: 18-24" | Exposure: Full to Part Sun | Zones: 3-9

If you're looking for a daylily that brings height to the garden, this is a top choice! In addition to tall scapes, 'King of the Ages' boasts incredible size with 6½" flowers. The petals are a unique blend of butter-yellow, peach, and apricot (officially, a "polychrome"). With its burgundy red eye and matching red picotee edge, this will definitely fill you with awe.

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Hemerocallis RAINBOW RHYTHM® 'Lake of Fire'

Height: 24" | Spread: 18-24" | Exposure: Full to Part Sun | Zones: 3-9

A stunning new color pattern for Proven Winners! The enormous 7" flower is apricot orange with an incredibly wide, orange red eye. Along the ruffled edge is a matching orange red picotee edge with a razor thin golden yellow margin. 'Lake of Fire' will set your garden ablaze in midsummer.

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Heuchera DOLCE® 'Toffee Tart'

Height: 8-10" | Spread: 16-18" | Exposure: Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-9

A new color for the DOLCE® series and Proven Winners Heuchera. 'Toffee Tart' displays differing shades of ginger caramel throughout the seasons. In spring, newest leaves are amber with a silver overlay. Mature leaves are ginger color with silver overlay. In late summer, leaves mature to green. Since it's a lighter leaf color, we recommend providing at some shade protection (do not plant in full sun).

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Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC® 'French Vanilla'

Height: 3½-4' | Spread: 3-3½' | Exposure: Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-9

A new color for the collection and a breakthrough for yellow Hardy Hibiscus. Soft yellow flower buds open to 7-8" creamy custard yellow, ruffled flowers with a prominent red eye. Compared to the industry standard 'Old Yella', this Hibiscus retains its yellow color longer, has a more compact habit, has red stems and deeper green, more attractive foliage, and a very prolific floral production.

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Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC® 'Spinderella'

Height: 4-4½' | Spread: 4½-5' | Exposure: Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-9

Show this off in your late summer landscape with the wild new pinwheel pattern of 'Spinderella'. Large, 8" white flowers have medium pink accented edges and a dark red eye. Dark green leaves form a tidy, dense, and well-rounded habit that will fit perfectly as the centerpiece of your garden. The impeccable habit is a great improvement over other varieties of this flower type.

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Origanum 'Drops of Jupiter'

Height: 24" | Spread: 36" | Exposure: Full Sun | Zones: 4-9

This beautiful ornamental herb will brighten up your landscape! When planted in full sun, the leaves of 'Drops of Jupiter' are chartreuse yellow. Later in the summer, mauve pink flowers are held on purple calyxes. The calyxes hold after the flowers are spent and extend the attractiveness late into fall. Although it's related to the oregano commonly used in cooking, this herb is meant to show off in the garden, similar to the ornamental onion Allium 'Serendipity'. Its leaves are edible, but will not have as intense of a flavor as its cousins.

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Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Sage Advice'

Height: 32-36" | Spread: 28-32" | Exposure: Full Sun | Zones: 4-9

The darkest purple shade of Perovskia to date. Rich lavender purple flowers are produced on strong, upright plants filled with oval-shaped, notched leaves. This is early to bloom just like its counterpart 'Denim 'n Lace', starting around late July in Michigan. Compared to 'Denim 'n Lace', this is a slightly taller variety with darker purple calyxes and broader leaves, compared to the dissected leaves of the former.

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Phlox paniculata LUMINARY™ 'Opalescence'

Height: 30-32" | Spread: 24-28" | Exposure: Full Sun | Zones: 3-8

The flagship variety of the LUMINARY™ Collection and the new gold standard of powdery mildew resistance. In an extensive mildew trial, this was the very best variety to display resistance. Light pink flowers have dark pink eyes and are produced over dark green leaves; the darkest green we've seen on a Phlox paniculata.

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Phlox p. LUMINARY™ 'Ultraviolet'

Height: 32-36" | Spread: 28-32" | Exposure: Full Sun | Zones: 3-8

Very dark, magenta violet flower panicles are held above a full, bushy habit of bright green foliage. An improvement on the industry standard 'Nicky', with darker stems and buds, bronzed leaves, more floriferous performance, and better resistance to powdery mildew.

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Hybrid Spring Phlox MOUNTAINSIDE™ 'Crater Lake'

Height: 4-6" | Spread: 24-28" | Exposure: Full Sun | Zones: 4-8

Unlike Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox) that can easily overtake your garden, the MOUNTAINSIDEā„¢ Phlox are more refined spreaders and are more compressed to the ground. These also bloom 1-2 weeks ahead of Phlox subulata, depending on spring weather. The width are based on three year plants; the first few years in the ground, plants stay around 12-16" across.

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Hybrid Spring Phlox MOUNTAINSIDE™ 'Majestic Magenta'

Height: 4-6" | Spread: 24-28" | Exposure: Full Sun | Zones: 4-8

Unlike Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox) that can easily overtake your garden, the MOUNTAINSIDEā„¢ Phlox are more refined spreaders and are more compressed to the ground. These also bloom 1-2 weeks ahead of Phlox subulata, depending on spring weather. The width are based on three year plants; the first few years in the ground, plants stay around 12-16" across.

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Phlox subulata SPRING BLING™ 'Pink Sparkles'

Height: 4-8" | Spread: 24-28" | Exposure: Full Sun | Zones: 4-8

Compared to the MOUNTAINSIDE™ Series, these bloom earlier (depending on weather), have larger flowers and better flower coverage, and form more of a mounding habit the first two years in the ground. Mature plants will spread more in the garden.

'Pink Sparkles' has soft, baby pink flowers with lighter halos at the centers. The earliest of the series to bloom with the largest flowers (1½")-double the size of most other P. subulata types.

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Phlox subulata SPRING BLING™ 'Rose Quartz'

Height: 4-8" | Spread: 24-28" | Exposure: Full Sun | Zones: 4-8

Compared to the MOUNTAINSIDE™ Series, these bloom earlier (depending on weather), have larger flowers and better flower coverage, and form more of a mounding habit the first two years in the ground. Mature plants will spread more in the garden.

'Rose Quartz' has large, rose pink flowers (1-1¼"). A deeper shade than 'Pink Sparkles' but lighter than 'Ruby Riot'.

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Phlox subulata SPRING BLING™ 'Ruby Riot'

Height: 4-8" | Spread: 24-28" | Exposure: Full Sun | Zones: 4-8

Compared to the MOUNTAINSIDE™ Series, these bloom earlier (depending on weather), have larger flowers and better flower coverage, and form more of a mounding habit the first two years in the ground. Mature plants will spread more in the garden.

'Ruby Riot' has reddish pink flowers with darker eyes at the center.

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Polemonium 'Heaven Scent'

Height: 18-24" | Spread: 15-18" | Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade | Zones: 3-7

This lovely Polemonium with nice clean foliage is the perfect accent for hostas. It forms a mound of green, fern-like foliage with deep purple highlights from spring into summer. The foliage grows about 1' tall and is topped by loose clusters of lightly fragrant, blue flowers in late spring.

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Pulmonaria 'Spot On'

Height: 14-16" | Spread: 18-20" | Exposure: Part to Full Shade | Zones: 3-9

'Spot On' is a new Pulmonaria for Proven Winners and a new genus to the perennial lineup. Pulmonaria are the perfect choice to signal the end of winter with cheerful flowers appearing in late spring. The flowers of 'Spot On' open a unique deep salmon pink (nearly orange) that matures to a rich blue color. Silver speckling dusts the green leaves. This is one of the first Pulmonaria to have near-orange flower buds. Use the speckled foliage as an accent for other shade plants after its bloom season.

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Salvia COLOR SPIRES® 'Back to the Fuchsia'

Height: 22-24" | Spread: 22-24" | Exposure: Full Sun | Zones: 3-8

The darkest pink of the COLOR SPIRES® Collection, this variety produces fuchsia pink flowers on dark charcoal stems. Flowers are produced prolifically above a canopy of dark green leaves. A cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis. Will rebloom if sheered back.

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Salvia COLOR SPIRES® 'Snow Kiss'

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

'Snow Kiss' completes the color palette for the COLOR SPIRES® collection. This Salvia pratensis hybrid produces large white flowers with a soft pink lip.

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