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 was able to attend the Outdoor Extravaganza in Milwaukee, and I would love to get all the new plants, but if I need to pick only one or two they would be the Coleus Alligator Tears and the Sunsatia Cranberry (and lemon) Nemesias.

  2. I can’t wait to buy and plant Absolutely Amethyst Iberis in my garden. It will make beautiful ground cover and I love the fact that it’s low maintenance. With the 30+ roses in my small city garden I have enough high maintenance plants going on! I created 3 new beds last fall that I need to plant this spring…Can’t wait for all the snow to disappear!

  3. We’re zone 3; north winds off the lake; and deer and rabbits! We have a short growing season with the above setbacks. Proven winners hold up, last the longest and bloom profusely! They’re the best!!!!

  4. Because of the economy I really couldn’t afford to attend the Atlanta Proven Winners show so I decided to take the money and buy Proven Winners plants which is something I do every year for my window boxes. I bought Supertunia Bordeau, Superbells Pink Gem and will buy the Dimond Frost when my garden center gets it. I also have the lime green Creeping Jenny that comes back each year.

    • Maybe next year Donna. The Proven Winners Extravaganzas have been a huge hit, with some shows selling out. I’m sure missing the show was a huge bummer, but buying plants that will last the whole season is a good trade off in my opinion.

      My creeping jenny is coming back with a vengeance this year.

  5. This year, I look forward to planting (period). I have several empty flower beds. I am brand new to gardening. My friend suggested this site and she is going to help me get started with gardening. I would love to win this giveaway so I had a starting point. Thank you so much for this opportunity and guidence!

    • Yay Laurie! Welcome to the gardening world! will be a great resource for you, and gardening is so much fun when you have someone else to share ideas with. Have fun this year and good luck in the giveaway!

  6. I really want to pick up some more ferns & shade plants for my north side so I can see them from the back porch. This is where we enter & exit so I really want proven winners.

  7. Super Bells Blackberry Punch is the plant I am looking forward to seeing in my garden this year.I hope I can find it here in this area soon,Western North Carolina. I am a big fan of proven winners and I do plant mostly proven winners in my clients gardens.

  8. I want to plant Royal Blue Ensign (Convolvulus Tricolor.) This flower is in the morning glory family-but very different from your typical MG vine. The flower has a bright yellow center surrounded by white-going into a bright royal blue color -very unique-beautiful!

  9. Proven Winners are always a part of my garden. I love the variety, reliability and performance of them. I love what Christina designed with the combination of perennials and annuals in the container and that it was not just about flowers! I’m a leaf lovin’ garden gal so this one really sings to me.

    The new Super Bells Blackberry Punch looks fantastic! I’m definitely going to be looking out for this plant when I head out to the nurseries.

    • I’m with you Patty, I’m big on texture and foliage. I think a container’s visual interest will last longer if you think about the textures first and flowers second.

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