My 2020 Proven Winners Review. What luck! In the spring of 2019, Proven Winners sent me several plants (okay, a boatload of plants) to try out in my garden. These new hybrids will be offered to the public this spring (2020). And here, for the horticultural-minded, is my review of ten flowers and two vegetables:
My 2020 Proven Winners Review
Superbells ‘Double Blue’: This Calibrachoa hybrid was love at first bloom. Planted in a pair of hanging baskets attached to the rear wall of my Herb Garden, and exposed to only morning sun, the purple-blue, fully double flowers emerged non-stop from late-May through frost. The small blossoms ooze old-fashioned charm. And besides its value in hanging pots, Double Blue would make a fine filler or spiller for a window box.
Supertunia ‘Raspberry Rush’: You might like to give this self-cleaning petunia a prominent spot in your garden. Why? Because the star-patterned, neon-pink and white flowers draw terrific attention to themselves! I grew Raspberry Rush in a large plastic pot tucked inside the cast-iron urn at the center of my herb garden. Exposed to 8 hours of direct sun there, the pink parade eventually cascaded over the sides of the urn. What a generous plant.
Superbena Sparkling Amethyst Improved Verbena: One of my favorites among the 2020 Proven Winners lot. The large, fluffy clusters of amethyst and white spilled happily and continuously over the sides of a large pedestal pot next the rear gate in the herb garden. Humming birds enjoyed the flowers as much as I did.
As companions for the amethyst verbena, I planted Goldilocks Rocks Improved Bidens ferulifolia ‘BID 16101’ — a mercifully small subject with delightful, medium-size yellow flowers…
And Salvia ‘Rockin’ Blue Suede Shoes,’ which provided a touch of sky for the amethyst and yellow below. If you have a very large container, you might consider planting the aforementioned trio. The arrangement received plentiful compliments from visitors.Supertunia ‘Snowdrift’ and Veronica ‘Wizard of Ahhs’: Supertunias are just that — super. They bloom endlessly without deadheading. Snowdrift’s trailing arms and Wizard’s deep-blue perennial spires sang a pleasing duet when I combined them in a pale-blue ceramic pot.
‘Suncredible Yellow’: I love this new Helianthus hybrid! Unlike traditional sunflowers that produce one huge flower per stately stalk, Suncredible is a short, full plant that covers itself with 4-inch golden-yellow blossoms. Located in full sun in my Kitchen Garden (it shared quarters there with a tall lovage plant in a raised bed), the plant bloomed non-stop from early summer through the first hard frost. The flowers were a magnet for honey bees and butterflies. I’d gladly grow it again.
Aromance Pink Nemesia fruticans ‘Innemaropi’: This one probably belongs in a pot, but I planted it in a raised bed in the Kitchen Garden, next the trellised tomatoes. There, the plant cheerfully trailed over the wall of the bed. The pink, medium-size flowers are intensely fragrant. Although Proven Winners claims Aromance is a spring-blooming annual, the plant bloomed for me even during the high heat of summer. As a matter of fact, it was never out of bloom.
Diamond Snow: A Euphorbia hybrid, and Proven Winner’s “Annual of the Year” for 2020. I think Diamond Snow is the ideal filler for a window box or patio pot. It also looks well when planted, as mine was, among determinate tomatoes and hot chili peppers in a vegetable garden! I enjoyed Diamond’s splash of white from spring until frost. Euphorbia can also be grown indoors as a winter houseplant.
Lycopersicon ‘Goodhearted’: Now, here’s a cherry tomato that is both delicious and decorative. Planted in my kitchen garden, Goodhearted’s tear-drop-shaped fruits were born all at the same time (the plant is determinate here in the Northeast). Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph the fruit after it had ripened to red. A prettier edible doesn’t exist.
Strawberry ‘Berried Treasure’: An unusual strawberry, because its flowers are a stunning crimson color. The flowers and fruit were prolific for me all summer long. Sadly, I did not care for the taste of the berries. They offered no sweetness.
Was this review of plants helpful to you in some small measure? Talk to me in the comments field below. And if you are a member of the Proven Winners family, please know that I am grateful to have had the privilege of auditioning some of your new-for-2020 plants!