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. We are pleased to announce that from 2019 on, we will join Proven Winners National Plant of the Year program in highlighting 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.
Meet the inaugural class:
Hydrangea of the Year: Fire Light® Hydrangea paniculata
Developed here at Spring Meadow by Tim Wood, Fire Light® hydrangea blooms early in the season and quickly takes on a nice deep red color. It has very strong stems and is a bit smaller than other panicle hydrangeas, making it ideally suited to residential landscapes. This popular variety was crowned the national champion in our 2015 Shrub Madness competiton.
Rose of the Year: At Last® Rosa
Our rose trialing process is ruthless, so it took years to introduce At Last®, the first fragrant, disease resistant rose. Created by the late Colin Horner in the UK, it has large, classic blooms in an appealing soft apricot color and true rose fragrance. Blooming continuously all season, it is a sturdy, medium-sized plant with deep green foliage that displays remarkable resistance to black spot and powdery mildew. Popular votes earned it the title of national champion in our 2016 Shrub Madness competition.
Flowering Shrub of the Year: Sonic Bloom® Weigela
Old fashioned charm coupled with modern day performance makes the Sonic Bloom series of reblooming weigela an exceptional choice for sunny sites. Available in five colors - pink, red, white, pure pink, and yellow foliage with red flowers - these durable, deer resistant plants bloom in late spring, along with other weigela, then after a brief rest, begin to bloom again in mid-summer through frost, no deadheading or trimming required.
The 2019 Landscape Shrub of the year is Low Scape Mound™ aronia, a versatile form of our native black chokeberry.
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: Gem Box® Ilex glabra
Rose of the Year: Oso Easy Double Red™ Rosa
Hydrangea of the Year: Invincibelle® Ruby H. arborescens
Flowering Shrub of the Year: Blue Chiffon® Hibiscus
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
See all of the Proven Winners Plants of the Year at nationalplantoftheyear.com.