Line up of 2020 Shrubs of the Year

Shrubs of the Year

Spring Meadow launched the Landscape Plant of the Year program in 2016 to highlight a Proven Winners ColorChoice variety of particular interest to the landscape market. It proved so popular that we were asked by the Proven Winners Retail Advisory Board to expand it to garden centers and consumers. Starting in 2019, the Proven Winners National Plant of the Year program highlights a hydrangea of the year, a rose of the year,  flowering shrub of the year and landscape shrub of the year, in addition to its perennial and annual Plants of the Year. The Shrubs of the Year will be decided by a vote from our Gold Key growers. Selections will be made based on ease of growth, wide geographic and cultural adaptability, and retail appeal.

Hydrangea of the Year: Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea arborescens

The two-toned combination of bright ruby red and silvery pink blooms isn't the only thing that sets Invincibelle® Ruby smooth hydrangea apart from the others. Its strong stems, handsome dark green foliage, and strong rebloom ensure outstanding performance in containers and gardens alike. 

Rose of the Year: Oso Easy Double Red® Rosa

With fully double red flowers held high above the plant on long stems, Oso Easy Double Red® rose looks like it’s ready to take its place in the Winner’s Circle. This easy growing variety sports a nice rounded habit and has excellent disease resistance, too.

Flowering Shrub of the Year: Blue Chiffon® Hibiscus syriacus

True blue: Blue Chiffon® rose of Sharon brings cool hues to the popular Chiffon® series. These elegant plants are covered in anemone-like double blooms, giving them a low seed set. 

The 2020 Landscape Shrub of the year is Gem Box® Ilex glabra, a native alternative to boxwood. 

Shrubs of the Year will receive additional promotion to landscapers, retailers, and consumers in print, radio, and online, including on the Proven Winners Plant of the Year website.

Read the 2020 professional grower and landscape guide

To help you plan your production and shipping, we are pleased to share future Shrubs of the Year:


Landscape Shrub of the Year: Kodiak® Orange Diervilla

Rose of the Year: Oso Easy Italian Ice® Rosa

Hydrangea of the Year: Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® H. serrata

Flowering Shrub of the Year: Pugster Blue® Buddleia


Read the 2021 profssional grower and landscape guide



Landscape Shrub of the Year: Incrediball® Hydrangea arborescens

Rose of the Year: Suñorita® Rosa

Hydrangea of the Year: Little Quick Fire® Hydrangea paniculata

Flowering Shrub of the Year: Double Play Doozie® Spiraea


See all of the Proven Winners Plants of the Year at