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P. Allen Smith's Platinum Plant Collection for 2018 - Displayed by Common Name in Ascending Order

Gardening expert P. Allen Smith is a renowned and respected authority when it comes to plants. So when he makes a recommendation, you can be sure it will be a winner in your garden. The following Proven Winners plants have been named his "Platinum Collection" for 2018. He will be showcasing these superior varieties in magazine articles, during book tours and TV appearances, and on his website, where they will also appear as his Top Picks for 2018. These plants have been chosen for their visual color and impact, superior performance, and low maintenance. You can find each of them at Vite Greenhouses. Ask for them on your next visit.

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Common Name
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Bacopa Sutera hybrid
1. Snowstorm® Giant Snowflake®
These 'living carpet' plants are vigorous, versatile, and superb as solo plantings or in combos. Easy to grow, much-loved, and much publicized by consumer magazines and TV programs. 1C-South Click to display 4"-8" 8"-10" n/a 4½" White
Bidens Bidens ferulifolia
2. Goldilocks Rocks
Goldilocks Rocks Bidens features beautiful yellow daisy flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. It's tiny deeply cut ferny leaves remain green in color throughout the season. 1C-South Click to display 12"-14" 10"-14" 9-11 4½" White
Calibrachoa Calibrachoa hybrid
3. Superbells® Cherry Star™
'Superbells Cherry Star' boasts beautiful cherry pink flowers with yellow throats that come out in a star pattern. Covered in blooms all season long, its vigorous mounding / trailing habit will quickly fill in sunny window boxes, combination planters and hanging baskets. No deadheading is required and very low maintenance and disease resistance makes Superbells a winner! 1C-South Click to display 7"-10" 8"-10" 9-10 4½" White
4. Superbells® Lemon Slice
Totally unique and distinct color pattern - Bright gold flower with a clean white star. 1D-South Click to display   6"-10" 12"-24" 9-11 4½" White
5. Superbells® Pomegranate Punch
Velvety red flowers dramatically accented with black eyes and yellow centers densely cover cascading plants all season long. Easy to work with, these trailing stems weave their way through their neighbors in container collections creating a fabulous display. This color packs a lot of punch when combined with shorter, dark red container Dahlias. 1C-South Click to display 6"-10" 8"-10" 9-11 4½" White
6. Superbells® Yellow Chiffon
Abundant, small petunia-like flowers all season on cascading growth; low maintenance. 1D-South Click to display 7"-10" 8"-10" 9-11 4½" White
Coleus Solenostemon scutellarioides
7. Colorblaze® Keystone Kopper
'Colorblaze Keystone Kopper' has deep rich copper tones, providing a fun contrast to many other colors. It has a strong upright growth habit, is versatile, and is easy to grow, tolerting variable lighting conditions. 4D-North Click to display n/a 24"-36" 18"-24" 10-11 6" Green
8. Colorblaze® Lime Time™
Sun tolerant and bright chartreuse foliage is great in landscapes and containers. 4D-North Click to display 20"-36" 12"-16" 10-11 6" Green
Lantana Lantana camara
9. Luscious® Bananarama
Lantana 'Luscious Banarama' by Proven Winners has bright sunny yellow flowers that grace extremely tough plants. The heat tolerant blooms and mounding habit make it a great choice for a maintenance free garden. Great for containers and the landscape. Put them out in full sun areas. 2C-North Click to display 18"-30" 18"-24" 9-11 4½" White
10. Luscious® Berry Blend
These vibrant pink and yellow flowers with rich, dark foliange will turn that boring bed or container into a trip to Cancun during Spring Break. Heat and drought tolerant, of course, but also fragrant. 2C-North Click to display 24"-36" 20"-30" 9-11 4½" White
Lobelia Lobelia hybrid
11. Laguna™ Sky Blue
Soft blue flowers all season on cascading, well-branched plants; excellent in combinations. 2B-North Click to display 8"-10" 6"-8" 9-10 4½" White
Mecardonia Mecardonia hybrid
12. Golddust
Mecardonia Golddust is great in landscapes and containers. Its small green leaves are covered with yellow nemesia-like flowers from May through October. The plant has excellent heat tolerance. 2C-North Click to display 2"-5" 12"-16" 9-11 4½" White
Petunia Petunia hybrid
13. Supertunia® Black Cherry
This unique Supertunia has dark red blooms with black throats. Its abundent flowering and trailing mounding habit make a great choice for combinations or used on its own in pots, window boxes or hanging baskets. 2B-South Click to display 8"-12" 10"-18" 10-11 4½" White
14. Supertunia® Bordeaux™
Flowers are a unique soft pink with deep plum venation. 2B-South Click to display 5"-7" 8"-12" 9-10 4½" White
15. Supertunia® Limoncello
You'll love the bright refreshing lemon-lime color of Supertunia Limoncello. Its sensational continuous blooms are like rays of sunlight all season long. This petunia is easy to grow and loves the sun. It is heat tolerant, drought tolerant and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. 3B-North Click to display 6"-10" 20"-24" 10-11 4½" White
16. Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum
Bubblegum-pink flowers on vigorous, mounding plants are perfect landscape fillers. Blooms all season and low maintenance. 3B-North Click to display 16"-24" 18"-24" 10 4½" White
Spider Flower Cleome hybrid
17. Señorita Rosalita®
This heat and drought tolerant plant adds dramatic height to landscape beds; sterile flowers, and thornless, stickyless, "smell-less" foliage adds to the appeal for this great garden performer. 2D-North Click to display 24"-36" 20"-24" 8-11 4½" White
Spurge Euphorbia graminea
18. Diamond Delight
Prepare to be dazzled by this new addition to the Diamond series! Joining Diamond Frost is Diamond Delight, the most vigourous double-flowering Euphorbia on the market. Double-flower blooms and a shorter, fuller appearance set this apart from Diamond Frost, but it is equally as tough. Extreme heat tolerance and surpising shade tolerance round out this beautiful plant! 2D-North Click to display 10"-12" 8"-12" 10-11 4½" White
Summer Snapdragon Angelonia angustifolia
19. Angelface® Blue
Blooms all season; heat and drought tolerant plants; grape-scented foliage; low maintenance. 1B-South Click to display 18"-24" 12"-18" 10-11 4½" White
Sweet Alyssum Lobularia hybrid
20. Dark Knight
Lobularia 'Dark Knight' has masses of fragrant purple flowers gracing mounded plants. It has a tough demeanor that will withstand both heat and cold. Unlike most alyssum, this one will bloom all summer, even in hot climates. Slightly more reserved than Princess, the Knight series will sweep you off your feet with its well behaved manners. It is an excellent accent choice for combination planters that will be in sunny exposures. Use it as a spiller to trail over the sides. 2C-North Click to display 4"-6" 18"-24" 9-11 4½" White
21. Snow Princess®
This sterile Lobularia is extremely vigorous, and beacuse it puts no energy into setting seed it has an incredibly long bloom time. Creates a beautiful hanging basket or window box and is a perfect filler in combination. New in 2010. 2B-North Click to display 14"-20" 14"-20" 9-11 4½" White
Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
22. Sweet Caroline™ Light Green
Great foliage component plant in combinations; excellent heat tolerance and vigor. 3C-South Click to display n/a 6"-8" 10"-12" 10-11 4½" White
23. Sweet Caroline™ Raven
Ipomoea 'Sweet Caroline Raven' has dark purple foliage shaped like tiny fleurs-de-lis. Their shape and color will add a fabulous, new dimension to your garden. This is a compact, mounding plant that grows 6-8 inches tall and will not overpower neighbors. Combine it with other Ornamental Sweet Potatoes from our Ipomoea collection or with Coleus. A Proven Winners® variety. 3C-South Click to display n/a 6"-8" 10"-12" 10-11 4½" White
Verbena Verbena hybrid 
24. Superbena® Royale Chambray
Large, eye-catching clusters of purple flowers all season on vigorous plants, great annual ground cover 2D-South Click to display n/a n/a 6"-12" 12"-14" 7-11 4½" White
25. Superbena® Royale Peachy Keen
Verbena 'Superbena Royale Peachy Keen' produces tons of gorgeous clusters of salmon/coral colored flowers throughout the season. It has a mounding spreading habit that makes it a great plant to use as a filler in combination pots and hanging baskets. It's spreading habit will fill in middle ground and spill over the sides. It is more vigorous in it's growth habit than its predecessors. 2D-South Click to display 6"-10" 12"-14" 8-11 4½" White
26. Superbena® Royale Red
Superbena® Royale Red bears masses of deep scarlet flowers. The low, mounding or trailing stems of this tender perennial are clothed with oval, toothed, mint-like leaves. The hemispherical clusters of tubular, flaring, five-lobed blooms continue all year in the absence of frost and severe heat. Butterflies flock to the flowers. Deadheading of this sterile cultivar is unnecessary, but occasional pinching or trimming will promote branching and flowering. 2D-South Click to display 6"-10" 12"-14" 8-11 4½" White
Daylily Hemerocallis hybrid 
27. Primal Scream
If you’re looking for the WOW! factor in daylilies, you’ve found it here with ‘Primal Scream’. Nothing comes close to the spectacular 7½-8½ inch, glimmering tangerine orange, gold dusted blossoms and green throat of this selection. One of the most sought-after daylilies available today. 10C-South Click to display 34" 18"-24" 3-9 PW 2.0 Gallon
Hosta Hosta hybrid
28. Empress Wu
Huge dark green, deeply veined leaves of good substance can measure more than 1½ feet wide and long. Strongly upright habit, forming a very tall and wide clump. Pale reddish violet flowers appear just above the foliage in early to midsummer. 11B-North Click to display 36"-48" 5'-6' 3-9 2 Gallon
Switch Grass (Red) Panicum virgatum
29. Cheyenne Sky
Absolutely ideal for growing in decorative containers, this hardy Red Switch Grass is a perennial substitute for Pennisetum 'Rubrum'. It forms a compact, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage which turns wine red in early summer. 12C-South Click to display 36" 18" 4-9 PW Trade Gal
Butterfly Bush Buddleia x
30. Lo & Behold® Lilac Chip
Lo & Behold® 'Lilac Chip' is a dwarf, seedless variety which reblooms until frost without deadheading. It has soft, lavender-pink flowers and is more compact than 'Blue Chip'. 9C-South Click to display 18"-24" 24"-36" 5-9 3 Gallon
Weigela Weigela florida
31. My Monet® Sunset
This new dwarf weigela has very attractive gold foliage and nice red fall color. Grown primarily for its colorful foliage, it will occasionally produce soft, rosy pink flowers. Add it to the front of beds and borders fo multi-season color. SD-4 Click to display n/a n/a 12"-18" 18"-24" 5-8 3 Gallon
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