Nest In Style on Horticulture Radio::Episode 3: What Makes A Proven Winner?

As you head off to the nurseries and garden centers this spring, have you ever stopped to wonder how those beautiful new plant varieties are selected each year? Danielle Ernst of Proven Winners shares the dirt with Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio and gives Jayme Jenkins and Teresa O’Connor a behind-the-scenes look at how these new varieties are bred, researched, selected and introduced to customers around the nation. She also shares her favorite 2011 Proven Winner introductions.

But that’s not all. We’re giving away Proven Winner plants too.

Here’s what you can win: Six lucky listeners will win all of the Proven Winner plants shown in one of these two gorgeous container plantings, specially created for us by two professional container designers – Lynn Felici-Gallant and Christina Salwitz.

Plants Lynn Felici-Galant’s Container

  • Capiscum annuum (Sweet Pickle Pepper) and Mentha Mojito Mint (from PW/Pleasant View Garden’s Edible Collection™)
  • Physocarpus Coppertina™
  • Ageratum Stellar Blue™
  • Gaura Karolee® Petite Pink Coleus
  • ColorBlaze® Alligator Tears™
  • Euphorbia Diamond Frost®

Plants in Christina Salwitz’s Container

  • Coleus ‘Sedona’
  • Oxalis ‘Charmed Wine’
  • Heuchera ‘Dolce Key Lime’
  • Sunsatia ‘Mango’ Nemesia
  • Grass – ‘Red Riding Hood’
  • Dwarf Purple Fountain Grass

How to Enter the Proven Winner Giveaway

Simply leave us a comment below and tell us what new plants you’re dying to plant in the garden this year. That’s all you have to do in this random drawing.

The winners will be announced in next month’s Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio, and plants from one of these two containers will be sent in early May. Good luck everyone!

Some of Danielle’s Favorite 2011 Varieties:

Coralberry Punch

Snow Princess® Lobularia

Superbells® Blackberry Punch Calibrachoa

Absolutely Amethyst™ Iberis

Golddust™ Mecardonia

Senorita Rosalita® Cleome

What’s Coming: Tune in next month when we discuss edible gardening, including a radio interview with Graham Kerr of the Galloping Gourmet. Meanwhile, go grow something!

You can also catch Jayme Jenkins on her aHa! Modern Living blog, and Teresa O’Connor on her blog Seasonal Wisdom.


Looking for more Proven Winners? Or how about some Award Winners? Download Horticulture’s 2010 and Horticulture’s 2011 Plants We Love issues to get the dirt on the winners.

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About Nest In Style

Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio is a monthly podcast series that introduces gardeners to innovative tools and products, while sharing valuable horticulture information at the same time. Along with the latest tools, plants and products for your garden, Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio also examines time-tested solutions that keep on performing. You’ll find plenty of product tips and gardening advice in these podcasts, whether you are a beginner or have gardened for years. Your co-hosts include Jayme Jenkins, who recently co-authored “Garden Rules” (Cool Springs Press, 2011). As an OSU-trained Home Horticulturalist, do-it-yourselfer and social media enthusiast, Jayme is the owner of aHa! Modern Living, a design-oriented home and garden store based in Eugene, Oregon. Find Jayme on Twitter, Facebook and her blog at Joining her is Teresa O’Connor, co-author of “Grocery Gardening” (Cool Springs Press, 2010). Trained as a Master Gardener in California and Idaho, Teresa is a writer and speaker, who shares gardening, seasonal folklore and local food information as Seasonal Wisdom to thousands on Twitter, Facebook and her blog Do you have a story to share with Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio? Contact Past episodes of Nest in Style can be found on

58 thoughts on “Nest In Style on Horticulture Radio::Episode 3: What Makes A Proven Winner?

  1. I love the Pretty Much Picasso petunia, and the Superbells Blackberry Punch. I also want a Little Honey Hydrangea and Deutzia Chardonnay Pearls, I think, for the backyard. Need to get that planned out so I don’t buy more than I can fit. 🙂

  2. Hello Theresa and Jayme!

    really enjoyed learning about Proven Winners and had no idea how much is involved in bringing a new plant to market.

    New plants for this year…hmmm, decisions, decisions.:) The Superbells® Blackberry Punch is gorgeous, so I’m going to keep my eye for that one. Another is Oakleaf Hydrangea ‘Little Honey’. I think that will be a great addition to my garden.

    I’m catching up on your podcasts…now going to listen to #2 and CAN’T WAIT for the Galloping Gourmet next month! I <3 him 🙂

  3. Hi,
    I’m looking forward to trying out Cleome Seniorita Rosalita this summer. Thanks to Proven Winners for developing a new variety of one of one my favorite low maintenance, high impact annuals.

    P.S. the self seeding of the old variety doesn’t bother me–1. they’re easy to pull out; 2. I can give some to neighbors, and 3. they can self seed in the semi-neglected parts of my yard.

  4. I have purchased many Proven Winners at nurseries and on line. Pretty Much Picasso has been favorite hanging basket for a couple years and I love the Gold Dust Mercadonias color and texture.

  5. I have a perfect spot for Absolutely Amethyst Iberis.I’ve grown the Senorita Rosalita Cleome the past two summers and it was fantastic. My garden club is using it this year in a city bed that we plant and maintain. I’m sure it’s going to be the star of the show.

  6. Here in Osceola, Indiana (near Notre Dame University) we are still waiting for Spring. I read about Superbells Blackberry Punch and I can’t wait to plant them. My front porch area sounds perfect for them as they need good drainage (all I see is sandy soil) and sun (it feels like the desert around noon till six p.m.) so they should love it here! The deep colors will go great with my massive Alyssum.

  7. Living in southwest Florida and this year having a very early spring, I have already planted indigo spires and Passiflora (new pink flowered one). You can probably guess that I am big on plants that attract butterflies.

    • What a great combo you’ve listed there Kathy. I’d never been a big fan of oxalis, but when I saw the ‘Charmed Wine’ variety Christina used in her container design, I was converted. Well, I’m a big fan of black plants in general.

  8. I have fallen for the Superbells Blackberry Punch Calibrachoia this year. The color combination is definitely something to have fun with in my containers

  9. Proven Winners have been my “go to” for annuals for quite a while now. This year I am anxious to try the variety of Petunias called, “Pretty Much Picasso”…they look stunning!

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