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Salvia  ‘Black and Blue’

and start to see some green (hummingbirds) and orange and yellow(butterflies) and…

One of the most popular annuals for hummingbird attraction is Salvia ‘Black & Blue’. Although it is not the typical color for hummingbird attracting , which is red, this Salvia does a wonderful job! The intense blue flowers bloom off of black stems. This tall, 30-40″ sun loving annual is great for in those hard to grow dry areas in your garden. The butterflies, hummingbirds, and song birds just love hanging out on this annual. Hardy for zones 7-10 this may also be considered a tender perennial in some areas of the country.  Salvia  ‘Black & Blue’ makes for a great garden addition along with a great thriller for your combination planters. The best part of this plant for those of you with deer problems, it is deer resistant!

Here are a couple comments from other gardeners like yourself who have tried and love this variety.

Brenda, Zone 6 -This is my 3rd year growing these salvia’s. I live in zone 6, so I have to reorder each year. I don’t mind at all though, because they are beautiful blue color and bloom all summer. The hummingbirds absolutely love this blue flower.

Jaime Zone 8- Really, really nice plant! Bloomed for months – non-stop! I will always have 1 or 2 of these in the garden.

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I recently got a first hand look at the wonderful  Proven Winners annual introductions for 2012.  The first one I will talk about is Supertunia “White Russian”.  This petunia will give you continuous color all summer long. The white flower has nice chocolate brown/purple veining.  Match ‘White Russian” with the dark foliage of Ipomoea and the veining looks black, mix with pink it takes on a pink color, and when paired with purples… you guessed it, it looks purple.  ”White Russian” is a trailing petunia and does not need to be dead headed( alot of petunias need to be deadheaded) this is a much cleaner and less sticky type of petunia. “White Russian” is a great plant to use in hanging baskets or patio planters. We do have one very huge to tip to give you when planting up your planters and want to have good results. Fertilizer!!!! You must fertilize and water your plants regularly for the very best results. Also we do recommend that the beginning of July and also early to mid August that you give your plants a ‘haircut’. I generally trim my plant back to the bottom of the pot. It may sacrifice blooms for a week or so, but the end result is a much nicer/fuller plant. Another great product that I use at my house is the WaterWise system. It is a self watering system that hooks up to my faucet. I do have a timer also so I can set it and forget it.

I will leave you here with a few photos . Enjoy Supertunia ‘White Russian’

Supertunia 'White Russian'

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Phlox paniculata ‘Shockwave’

It is no shock that this new Tall Garden Phlox has been added to the Proven Winners Perennial line new for Fall 2011.

Phlox Shockwave

Starting off Phlox Shockwave has a shocking interest! The variegated foliage has a wow factor all of it’s own. The striking contrast of the deep green and bright yellow foliage is amazing. The 12-18″ upright habit of this new tall Phlox is compact enough for most gardens yet stands tall enough to steal the show. The fragrant lilac flowers of Shockwave compliment well with the green and yellow foliage. Shockwave is a new introduction to the Proven Winner Perennial line for Fall of 2011.

I have really been impressed with the Phlox Shockwave that I have in my garden, above the picture shows your the beautiful contrast of colors. And below is a picture before it started to bloom, the foliage, like I said, has enough color of its own.

Phlox Shockwave landscape shot before flowering. This is its first summer.

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Iris ensata ‘Lion King’

Iris 'Lion King'

Iris Lion King ( Japanese Iris) HUGE!!! Blooms!!! When I was first going through the catalogs browsing some of the new plant selections I really like the look of Iris Lion King. It was a pretty Bi color and we really did not have any Japanese Iris at the time. It was not until this Iris bloomed that I really could enjoy how beautiful this plant is. The blooms are absolutely huge, petals upon petals of this double iris produce 7-8″ blooms! Japanese Iris are one of the later iris’ to bloom extending your Iris season.

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Peacock™ Buddleia davidii ‘Peakeep’

Butterfly Bush Peacock™ Buddleia davidii ‘Peakeep’ has got to have one of the biggest blooms I have ever seen on a Butterfly bush. Right now we have some wonderful 3 gallon pots in bud and bloom and they are just amazing. Each flower is at least 8″ long and much wider than what I can wrap my fingers around. And scent… amazing! Every time I walk past them the smell over takes me and I go back for another whiff. The butterflies are just now arriving in our area, I have seen a few yellow and black swallowtails.  And the hummers are also enjoying this garden beauty.

Butterfly bush now come in a range of sizes from the compact, mounding form of Butterfly Blue Chip to the tall and mighty varieties or Miss Molly, Purple Emperor, and Peacock just to name a few. Butterfly bushes have a very long bloom time making them a great addition to butterfly gardens or even as a landscape plant.

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