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
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.
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
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 nationalplantoftheyear.com.