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10 Best New Shrubs This Year
We love shrubs! We love growing them in our greenhouses, we love offering unique varieties to our customers, and we love them in our own home landscape. We get as excited as you to see what’s new, and this year’s batch of new shrubs from Proven Winners® ColorChoice® contains some truly
extraordinary plants. Here are ten you won’t want to miss.
Reblooming azaleas are becoming ubiquitous across the South where they grow in a surprising amount of sun compared to traditional spring blooming types. The Perfecto Mundo series represents the very best in their class. You’ll enjoy a fantastic spring show followed by additional rounds of blooms from summer to fall. This Double Pink cultivar bears fully double, bubblegum pink blossoms. If you prefer something darker, try Perfecto Mundo® Double Purple. Use these graceful evergreen shrubs as an underplanting for tall trees or showcased among spring blooming bulbs in the landscape.
2-3’ tall x 2-3’ spread, full sun to part shade, zones 6b-9
Expanding our palette of heat and humidity tolerant plants, we are excited to be growing this brand new variety of oleander this year. It was discovered growing in Austin, Texas and selected for its superior disease resistance and denser, rounded shape. If you live where this shrub is hardy, you could grow it as a privacy hedge or a colorful specimen plant that is always in bloom. In the North, this floriferous tropical makes a fun thriller in container recipes. No matter what you throw at it—heat, drought, salt, alkaline soil, air pollution or even armadillos—this shrub is a survivor!
4-6’ tall x 2’ spread, full sun, zones 8-11
Is there a place in your landscape where you could use a bright punch of gold color? This new pyramidal evergreen is just the thing! It forms a strong, narrow column with no pruning needed to keep its shape and is easy to grow. Use it for hedging, creating a privacy screen, or as a bold accent. Chamaecyparis is one of few evergreens that deer tend to pass right on by, and it tolerates some shade, too. There are so many things to love about this new shrub! Grow it in all three colors: Gold, Blue, and Blue & Gold.
15-20’ tall x 4-6’ spread, full sun to part shade, zones 5-7
When you have lots of space to fill and want lots of color, consider planting rose of Sharon shrubs. They are easy to grow in any average garden soil and prefer plenty of sunshine, even all-day sun. Deer tend to leave them alone, but you’ll often find hummingbirds and butterflies enjoying their pretty blossoms from midsummer to fall. This new cultivar blooms with bright lavender purple, double flowers and, like all in the Chiffon® series, it sets little to no seed.
8-12’ tall x 6-10’ spread, full sun, zones 5-9
Dark purple is the perfect accent color for the landscape. It goes with everything and creates beautiful contrast with any other color you plant nearby. For most of the season, it’s the dramatic dark purple foliage of this shrub that you will enjoy. It forms a relatively short, full mound that works near the front of landscape beds, planted around small trees, or as a small hedge. As a bonus, hot pink flowers appear prolifically in the springtime, even more so because its stems are more cold hardy and less prone to dieback in the winter. Hummingbirds will be frequent visitors when this plant is in bloom, but deer don’t
seem too interested. 2-2.5’ tall x 2-2.5’ spread, full sun to light shade, zones 4-8
Want to explore more shrubs for your landscape? Here’s where to look.