PWCC receives 2017 Green Thumb Awards

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® receives 2017 Green Thumb Awards

11/8/2016 - The Direct Gardening Association announced its annual Green Thumb Award winners chosen by an independent panel of garden writers and editors. The winning products were selected based on their uniqueness, technological innovation, ability to solve a gardening problem or provide a gardening opportunity, and potential appeal to gardeners.

This year, Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs received awards for Purple Pillar™ Hibiscus and Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea arborescens.  

Purple Pillar is a totally unique rose of Sharon, growing naturally as a narrow column instead of a wide, spreading plant. It gets to be just 2-3' wide and 10-16' tall making it ideal for screens, hedges, patio containers. Like most all hibiscus, it will do best in full sun and hardy to USDA Zone 5.  

The dark burgundy red flower buds of Invincibelle® Ruby hydrangea open to a two-toned combination of bright ruby red and silvery pink. The foliage is extra dark and stems are strong, making this new hydrangea a gem in any garden. It is a strong rebloomer that will be an excellent addition to any garden. Like other smooth hydrangeas, it flowers on new growth and so blooms every year without fail.

These new varieties and several other new introductions will be available at garden centers in spring of 2017.  To date, Proven Winners®ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs have received over 170 awards, making it the most decorated line of woody plants in the industry.  

About the Green Thumb Awards
The Green Thumb Awards recognize outstanding new garden products available by mail or online. The awards are sponsored by the Direct Gardening Association (DGA), the world’s largest nonprofit association of companies that sell garden products directly to consumers via catalogs and websites. For more information and for a complete list of 2017 award winners, visit

About Proven Winners® ColorChoice®
Proven Winners® ColorChoice® is the brand name of Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc., a market leader in flowering shrubs, potted liners, and starter plants. Located in Grand Haven, Michigan, Spring Meadow Nursery has over 500 varieties in their catalog, including over 240 varieties marketed under the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® brand, including Incrediball® hydrangea, Lo & Behold® butterfly bush, Bloomerang® reblooming lilac, and ‘Sweet Sumer Love’ clematis.