Line up of 2021 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: Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® Hydrangea serrata

A standout in our field and container trials, Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® hydrangea is nearly always in flower! Outstanding bud hardiness and excellent rebloom pair to cover this impressive shrub in dinner plate-sized, soft blue or pink, waterlily-like blooms.

Rose of the Year: Oso Easy Italian Ice® Rosa

Electric orange buds of Oso Easy Italian Ice® rose open to soft yellow flowers with blush margins. Semi-doubled, self-cleaning blooms have 24-30 petals each. This easy growing variety has handsome, dark, disease-resistant foliage, too.

Flowering Shrub of the Year: Pugster Blue® Buddleia

Award-winning Pugster Blue® butterfly bush entices with full-sized, dark violet-blue flowers on a tidy, compact shrub. The thick, heavy stems ensures better winter survival compared to most small buddleia.

The 2021 Landscape Shrub of the year is Kodiak® Orange diervilla, an eco-friendly, native alternative to burning bush. 

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 2021 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: 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