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So, how did this rebellious gardener get won over? Well it all started a few hours ago, and I remember it like it was just yesterday... or better yet, a few hours ago.
(Enter dream sequence)
I was just griping to my friend Bren from BG Garden about how none of Proven Winners' plants really fit my Rainforest Garden theme. It's not that I don't appreciate the bulk of what they have for sale, mind you. My tropical garden just relies on bold foliage set against finer textures, and though the flowers are few and far between, they're showstopping when surrounded by a sea of green. I like the bones of my garden to carry the show. Lobelias and shasta daisies simply belong in another garden.
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Here are some of my favorites that you could likely find at your local retailer.
Though it broke my heart by departing last winter, I'm still crazy about sweet potato vine and will find a place for its lime green to chartreuse foliage again in spring. It has done well for me in dry areas, as well as a spot that got flooded last year. I've even seen these planted in medians! You'll be stunned by PW's selection of 11 varieties of sweet potato vine!
I haven't grown this one yet, but would love to have it trailing from a container for that lush and tropical look that I so adore! I'm a big fan of plants that don't draw too much attention to themselves, but are really cool once you get to know them up close and personal. You shine above all of those bright flowers, creeping wirevine, and you're appreciated.
This is one sexy plant, and not only for its resemblance to fishnets. The dark purple veins pop out against the lime green leaves in an intricate network, and I can only imagine how awesome this would look planted amongst "Margarita" sweet potato and Persian shield, which brings me to my next fave.
If you're looking for a solid mass of metallic purple, you can skim right over those petunias and pick up one of these tropical show-offs! I like those underdog foliage plants that let the flowers stand out, but Persian shield is clearly NOT one of those plants. Give this guy the prime real estate in your planting design for color that lasts all season!
Outdoor Living Extravaganza
Whether you're a big fan of Proven Winners' petunias, or you like the foliage plants like me, a trip to their Outdoor Living Extravaganza would be a lot of fun. Here's the scoop:
Atlanta, Georgia–March 4th
Seattle, Washington–March 18th
Milwaukee, Wisconsin–April 8th
Toronto, Ontario–April 15th
An $80 admission gets you a great (from what I can tell) seminar, a catered lunch, a goodie bag, prizes and more! I want to go just for the fellowship with other garden nuts, but Atlanta may be a little far for my broke behind. If you happen to be in the area of any of these events, you'll definitely want to check them out! Here's more information, along with a cheerful little video.
It's official: After seeing the dyckia and 11 varieties of ornamental sweet potato vines, I'm converted.