Proven Winners’ Idea Book is 41-pages of gardening inspiration
Budget friendly booklet is ideal for beginners
They say few things in life are free. Don’t tell that to Proven Winners.
The company that prides itself on creating some of the most outstanding hybrid plants and shrubs available have produced their 2021 Gardener’s Idea Book and it’s FREE.
For beginner gardeners on a budget, nothing gets better than that.
The idea book is a treasure trove of garden ideas that range from tips on creating “hot, sunny gardens” to containers aimed at attracting pollinators, and everything in between. The impressive 41-page oversized glossy booklet is full of impressive colour photographs that perfectly illustrate outstanding examples of Proven Winners’ plants and shrubs in real landscapes. The Idea Book is an inspirational journey through professionally designed gardens that is perfect for beginners and veteran gardeners.
Beginner gardeners will appreciate the many designs that are drawn out using a numbered planting scheme, matching the flowers with their placement in containers and in the landscape.
Although the 2021 book and download is exceptional, the experts at Proven Winners have recently released newer versions of their Gardener’s Idea Book.
• Be sure to check out the 2023 Proven Winner’s Gardeners’ Idea Book here.
• You can check out the 2022 version of the Gardener’s Idea Book here – 2022 Gardener’s Idea Book.
The book is more or less an extension of the company’s impressive and informative website you can visit at here.
You should be able to order the printed booklet from their site here.
Looking for more money-saving tips? Check out my in-depth article on building a garden on a budget.
The book starts with an introduction of PW’s annual of the year – Supertunia mini vista Pink Star Petunia described as a starry eyed Supertunia in pink and white.
Also in the spot light is their choice for Caladium of the year – an impressive white Caladium with a pink eye and green edge to the leaf aptly named “White Wonder.”
Both are impressive plants that are more than capable of standing alone in a container and still stealing the show. That trait can certainly simplify your container planting.
A feature in the booklet every gardener will appreciate is the series of seven different container plantings all featuring the annual of the year supertunia Pink Star and caladium Heart to Heart White Wonder.
Container plantings simplified
The series of container plantings feature all the thrills, spills and fills you need to create outstanding containers for just about any part of your garden. The illustrated planting schemes makes finding the plants at your local nursery the most difficult part of recreating the colourful containers.
Not only have Proven Winners provided excellent photographs showing the details of each container planting, they also provide readers with examples of the containers in the landscape.
The booklet then takes a few pages to feature many of their other “plants of the year,” including a sweet little perennial Nepata named Cat’s Pajamas. PW describes it as a “little catmint that packs enormous flower power into a single square foot, blooming for months while delighting passing pollinators.”
There’s a variegated hosta with a nice ruffled edge, a compact, purple Buddleia said to be a “huge draw for monarch and viceroy butterflies.”
And to round out this year’s award winners is a hydrangea, a rose and a shrub.
Part of the appeal of the booklet is PW’s use of well-known garden designers to highlight their many offerings.
Well-known gardeners lend a hand
Those who are like me and spend too much time on YouTube following their favourite gardeners are likely familiar with Laura of Garden Answer who is, as expected, featured in the first few pages of the booklet.
Laura is a popular Youtube gardening star who is a walking, talking advertisement for Proven Winners with her outstanding gardens that allow viewers to see PW’s many offerings in a garden setting.
Also featured in the booklet is The Garden Guy Norman Winter’s garden design of heat tolerant plants with a focus on a trio of heat tolerant, container plantings with an eye on pollinators. Plants used by the syndicated columnist include a Pink Gomphrena, Lantana, Salvia among others.
Other pages focus on Proven Winners’ plants with stylish foliage, and a real winner for gardeners looking to install a new border. The 10’ X 6’ scalable border, complete with a detailed planting list and roadmap, is scaleable depending on the size of the border.
Gardeners with sunny front yards will especially like the cheery design offered in the booklet along with the sampling of container plants for the front porch.
I particularly liked the spread on the “four season front entrance” feature that pictured four different front landing designs based on seasonal interest. That’s particularly helpful for so many of us struggling to keep the front of our homes looking their best at all times of the year.
There’s more, much more you will want to check out in Proven Winners latest gem.
And did I tell you it’s free.
If you can’t wait for it in the mail, it’s downloadable by going here. And, once you land on this page, you will notice that there are many other Proven Winner PDF documents that are just as well done as the latest little gem for you to download. If you would prefer to just view it online you can go here
And they are all free. But take my advice, order the printed version of this year’s Idea Book from Proven Winners. You won’t be disappointed.
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