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A new way to shop for plants from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs

Deer browsing presents a rapidly increasing challenge for city dwellers, suburbanites, and country folk alike. As the deer population grows and spreads, people who never dreamed they’d see one in their backyard are waking up to find their landscapes and gardens obliterated nearly overnight. While this presents an opportunity for the ornamental horticulture industry, it also presents a challenge for homeowners: which plants to pick to avoid it happening again?

The Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Shrubs Deer Proof programs brings together the most deer resistant flowering shrubs and evergreens on the market and packages them in a special container that makes it clear that they are a safe choice. The Deer Proof logo on the containers and tag make it clear these plant provide long-lasting landscaping for beauty and peace of mind.

Look for the following Deer Proof varieties from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs:

  • SUNJOY® Citrus Barberry

    If it’s low-maintenance color you’re after, Sunjoy Citrus® barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is the solution! This ground-hugging mounded barberry has bright yellow foliage that maintains its color even in full, hot sun. Pair it with something contrasting for an eye-popping effect, or play off the golden tones with white and green for a more subdued look. Thanks to its dense, compact habit, it needs no pruning or special care, and like all barberries, displays exceptional deer resistance.

    Why grow Sunjoy Citrus barberry?

    • Needs no pruning or maintenance
    • Very deer resistant
    • Bright gold foliage all season long
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    Sunjoy Mini Maroon® barberry combines everything you love about barberry –  deep purple-red foliage, super easy to grow, incredible deer resistance – yet takes away the thing you don’t love about it. That’s because Sunjoy Mini Maroon barberry is non-invasive! It’s a truly innovative plant from Dr. Tom Ranney of NCSU. Its naturally compact habit requires no trimming, pruning, or training. Simply plant it in a sunny spot and let it bring season-long color and interest to your landscape.

    Why grow Sunjoy Mini Maroon barberry?

    • Non-invasive barberry won’t spread by seed
    • Dramatic color
    • Easy care and deer resistant
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    So colorful and so versatile! Thanks to its unique column-like habit, Sunjoy Gold Pillar® barberry can do some heavy lifting in the landscape yet it remains a very easy-care and durable shrub. Foliage is bright yellow in full sun and resists the burning that can plague other golden barberries, plus it develops very showy fall color. It can be planted as a low hedge or edging, used as a specimen in the landscape or garden, and also adds a nice touch of formality to containers.

    Why grow Sunjoy Gold Pillar barberry:?

    • Naturally grows as a dense, narrow column
    • Super easy to care for
    • Vivid color spring through fall
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    Vibrant color and architectural interest any garden could use. With a narrow, upright (fastigiate) habit and color so bold it’s almost neon, Sunjoy Orange Pillar® barberry acts as an exclamation point in the landscape! It’s very easy to care for – no need to prune, no deer doing any unwanted pruning, and no need to water after it’s established. Just plant and enjoy the bold presence it brings to your garden.

    Why grow Sunjoy Orange Pillar® barberry?

    • Vibrant color
    • Interesting habit
    • Easy care regimen
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  • SUNJOY® Mini Saffron Barberry

    Tiny, tidy, and super colorful! Sunjoy Mini Saffron® barberry just needs sun and well-drained soil – if you can give it that, it will give you bright gold foliage spring-fall and never need pruning or trimming. Like other barberries, it’s free of pests and diseases, including deer, and offers tremendous versatility in the landscape. Foliage has been extensively evaluated and proven to resist burning in full sun.

    Why grow Sunjoy Mini Saffron barberry?

    • Colorful yet easy care
    • Highly deer resistant
    • Does not burn, even in bright sun
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    SUNJOY NEO® Barberry

    If you’re looking for bold color with virtually no work, Sunjoy Neo® barberry is the plant for you. In spring, its new growth emerges in the most shockingly vivid orange. It matures to a pleasing orange-red through the season, and then goes bright orange again in autumn. Like all barberries, it’s very easy to grow and care for, and is unbothered by deer or other pests.

    Why grow Sunjoy Neo barberry?

    • Bright orange foliage shines out in the landscape
    • Super low maintenance
    • Deer resistant
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  • SUNJOY SEQUINS® Barberry

    Sunjoy Sequins® barberry represents a unique new look for this always-popular landscape shrub. In spring, its new growth emerges spotted white, pink, and green. As the summer progresses, foliage matures to green, but new growth follows that same colorful, artistic pattern. When days get shorter and temperatures begin to cool in late summer, the plant begins taking on pleasing pink tones for an amazing multi-color effect. Like all barberries, it is deer resistant and easy to care for. Sunjoy Sequins barberry is on the larger side, making it perfect for hedges and foundation plantings.

    Why grow Sunjoy Sequins barberry?

    • Variegated foliage provides lots of color in the garden or landscape
    • Dynamic display undergoes changes through the season
    • Easy care and deer resistant
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  • SUNJOY TODO® Barberry

    Sunjoy Todo® barberry gets its name, Todo, from the Spanish word for “all” because this sterile barberry truly has it all! Handsome deep purple foliage on a tidy, neat little shrub is very glossy and is even evergreen in milder climates. Colorful yellow-orange flowers in late spring set fruit, but the seeds within a hollow, rendering this plant unable to reproduce from seed. Finally, you can enjoy barberry’s color and easy care without risking it spreading seed.

    Why grow Sunjoy Todo barberry?

    • Sterile and non-invasive
    • Glossy dark purple foliage
    • Deer resistant
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  • SUNJOY® TANGELO™ Barberry

    Bright, bold Sunjoy® Tangelo™ barberry brings the color to your landscape or garden. In early spring, its foliage emerges a brilliant orange. As the season progresses, its leaves develop an appealing chartreuse ring around the edge which creates an eclipse-like effect and adds depth to the planting. Come autumn, the plant is ablaze in tones of red and orange. Sunjoy Tangelo barberry shines out in the landscape and it makes an excellent companion to conifers, especially those with blue tones like juniper and blue spruce. It needs no pruning to maintain its neat shape, and resists pests and diseases (including deer!) for a truly low maintenance experience.

    Why grow Sunjoy Tangelo barberry?

    • Vivid orange foliage brings color and cheer to the landscape or garden
    • Needs no pruning or fussing
    • Highly deer resistant
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    JOLENE JOLENE® Beautybush

    A plant so nice, we named it twice! If you’re on the hunt for something extraordinary, you’ve met your match with Jolene Jolene® beautybush. If you’ve ever seen a Kolkwitzia before, you might be familiar with its massive habit (up to 10 feet tall and wide), but this new one is half the size and can easily fit into any landscape. Its yellow-throated, star-shaped pink flowers appear down the length of each cascading branch, highlighting the fountain-like habit. This deer-resistant shrub is the perfect specimen plant for gardeners who like to make a splash and support pollinators at the same time.

    Why grow Jolene Jolene® beautybush?

    • Impressive specimen plant
    • Unique pollinator plant
    • Prolific flower show
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    BEYOND MIDNIGHT® Bluebeard

    Send summer off on a high note with Beyond Midnight® bluebeard. Also known as blue mist spirea, this sun-loving shrubby perennial comes alive in late summer with spiky clusters of deep blue florets. The foliage is a very nice dark green for beautiful contrast that’s right at home in the landscape or flower garden. For best results, plant in full sun, well-drained (even dry) soil, and cut back each spring to maintain a dense and handsome plant. Flowers attract a parade of pollinators!

    Why grow Beyond Midnight bluebeard?

    • Deep blue flowers in late season
    • Handsome deep green foliage and neat habit
    • At home in flower gardens and landscape beds
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  • BEYOND PINK’D® Bluebeard

    Darling dark pink flowers on a BLUEbeard! Beyond Pink’d® caryopteris brings a bright pop of pink to the late summer landscape with tons of blooms on a compact habit. With an annual hard prune in late winter, it springs back up in the perfect rounded form. Hundreds of whimsical multi-tiered blooms act as a buffet for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Trust us, they come in droves. Though it is not quite as hardy as other bluebeards, it is fast growing and beautiful enough to be grown as a patio plant in colder areas.

    Why grow Beyond Pink’d® bluebeard?

    • Dramatic flower display
    • Great pollinator plant
    • Grows quickly to its mature size
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  • SUNSHINE BLUE® II Bluebeard

    For gardeners who love a colorful space! Sunshine Blue® II bluebeard has a baseline of cheerful yellow-y chartreuse foliage. Its springy rounded habit bears the color perfectly, presenting itself as a sunny little ball for the middle or front of the border. Thanks to its constant color, you could easily plant it in place of coleus! In late summer, the color display doubles! Its airy stems fill with little bunches of bright blue, flowers. This view is the reason for its other common name – blue mist spirea. From afar, it looks like a little blue cloud is hovering over the little mass of foliage. As a note, it’s not actually related to spirea one bit.

    Why grow Sunshine Blue® II bluebeard?

    • Very hardy and adaptable to many conditions
    • Great pollinator plant
    • Grows quickly to its mature size
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  • NEATBALL™ Boxwood

    Neatball boxwood (Buxus microphylla) is a tidy evergreen that’s surprisingly tough. As its name implies, it naturally grows in an irresistible globe shape, but it also keeps its dark green color through winter better than other boxwood. No worries about bronze or pale leaves bringing down your winter landscape! Neatball boxwood also exhibits better hardiness than many boxwoods, thriving even in USDA zone 4b.

    Why grow Neatball boxwood?
    – No pruning required for that classic round boxwood shape

    – Keeps its nice dark green color, even in winter

    – More cold tolerant than other boxwoods – grows even in USDA zone 4b

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  • NORTH STAR® Boxwood

    North Star® boxwood is one of the most reliable plants you could ask for. It stays small without much, if any, intervention. It retains a healthy green color year round, but especially in winter when it matters the most. It has a dense habit, perfect for creating a uniform visual barrier as edging or a low hedge. When it comes to the ever-feared boxwood blight, it’s even shown rather good resistance. If no nonsense elegance is your aim, put North Star boxwood in the game.

    Why grow North Star boxwood?

    • Low maintenance
    • Reliable short height
    • Very dense habit
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  • SPRINTER® Boxwood

    Sprinter® boxwood is the perfect choice for evergreen beauty in any style landscape. As a manicured ball it’s at home in formal settings, and left unpruned its springy habit fits perfectly into informal settings! It also manages to thrive in any lighting condition, although it will grow a bit more slowly in full shade. Even at its slowest though, it matures to its full size remarkably quickly. You can’t go wrong with this improved classic beauty! Plus, it doesn’t have the notorious boxwood odor, so your visitors won’t be greeted by a mysterious, and frankly unpleasant, scent before you have a chance to make it to the front door.

    Why grow Sprinter boxwood?

    • Fast growing
    • Steadfast evergreen interest
    • No boxwood smell
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    PROUD BERRY® Coral Berry

    This selection of our native coral berry has very heavy fruit set and an attractive compact habit. Bright pink berries cover this plant in late summer and fall; a pollinator is not needed. Great for Mass plantings in gardens and parks or adding unexpected fall color to mixed borders. The fruit is not edible.

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  • SHOW OFF® Forsythia

    A superior flower display sets this variety apart from others. Large golden flowers bloom from base to tip for a lush, full display. This is a compact form with a nice habit. Will tolerate black walnut. Will tolerate occasional dry conditions once established.

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  • SHOW OFF STARLET® Forsythia

    It has the same excellent flower display as the original Show Off® forsythia, but this dwarf variety grows just 3′ tall. It is ideal for smaller landscapes. Will tolerate black walnut. Tolerates occasional dry spells once it is established.

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  • SHOW OFF® Sugar Baby Forsythia

    A miniature plant with outstanding flower display from base to tip and a compact size that fits into any garden. Tolerates black walnut. Once established, will tolerate occasional dry conditions.

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  • MONTANA MOSS® Juniper

    Lovely texture in a durable groundcover. Montana Moss® juniper brings a refreshing blue-green tone to groundcover junipers. Its moss-like foliage is soft to the touch; its ability to withstand deer, drought, heat, and sun makes it a new go-to choice for those who need tough evergreen groundcovers.

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  • PAISLEY PUP™ Leucothoe

    A colorful, eye-catching Ground cover for a shady spot might sound like a tall order, but Paisley Pup leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana) has it covered – with style! Also known as doghobble, drooping laurel, and fetterbush, this North American native shrub grows as a slowly spreading mound, perfect for transforming difficult spots into a lush, colorful canvas that needs virtually no maintenance. All season long, the new growth emerges in shades of pink, white, green, and yellow for an ever-changing, swirling display that really lights up shady spots. In late spring and early summer, elegant chains of fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers dangle from the arching stems for even more beauty and interest. Did we mention Paisley Pup leucothoe is also exceptionally deer resistant, too?

    Why grow Paisley Pup leucothoe:
    – Super colorful foliage – not your typical variegation!

    – Native to North America

    – Shade tolerant and easy to grow in any well-drained, acidic soil



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  • HAPPY FACE® Orange Potentilla

    You expect a lot from the Happy Face® series of potentilla: hardiness, non-stop blooms, extra-large flowers, and essentially effortless care. Happy Face® Orange does all of that and more, and in an enticing bright orange color that stays cheery and vivid all through summer. After years of trialing and comparison, we’re confident this is the best orange potentilla we have seen.

    Why grow Happy Face Orange potentilla:
    – True orange color stays bright and vivid, even in hot weather

    – Durable native shrub

    – Exceptionally deer resistant

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  • HAPPY FACE HEARTS® Potentilla

    You expect a lot from the Happy Face® series of potentilla: hardiness, non-stop blooms, extra-large flowers, and essentially effortless care. Happy Face Hearts® has proven itself worthy of the line-up, and brings beautiful apple-blossom like flowers, pink with a white-yellow star in the center for an old-fashioned picotee look.

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  • HAPPY FACE® Pink Paradise Potentilla

    A very cold-hardy native plant, Potentilla is a durable, low-maintenance choice for landscapes. It will tolerate poor soils and clay soils, and has good rabbit-resistance. Established plants will tolerate some drought. Happy Face® Pink Paradise has clear pink, semi-doubled flowers that hold their color better than other pink varieties. Best in cool climates, as the pink color may fade in intense heat. This is an excellent choice for cold-climate landscapes that need low-maintenance flowers all summer long.

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  • HAPPY FACE® White Potentilla

    A very cold-hardy native plant, Potentilla is a durable, low-maintenance choice for landscapes. It will tolerate poor soils and clay soils, and has good rabbit-resistance. Established plants will tolerate some drought. Happy Face® White has extra-large, pure white flowers cover this plant from spring to late summer. Its dense habit and dark green foliage make it a good choice for Mass plantings and commercial landscapes.

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  • HAPPY FACE® Yellow Potentilla

    A very cold-hardy native plant, Potentilla is a durable, low-maintenance choice for landscapes. It will tolerate poor soils and clay soils, and has good rabbit-resistance. Established plants will tolerate some drought. Happy Face® Yellow has exceptionally large, clear yellow flowers that bloom from spring until late summer. Its dense habit and dark green foliage is very appealing.

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    CELTIC PRIDE® Siberian Cypress

    Celtic Pride® Siberian cypress is a hard-working evergreen that will grace even your most challenging spots. It naturally grows with a low spreading habit of soft, fern-like branchlets, carpeting your landscape beds with evergreen color and texture. As its common name suggests, Siberian cypress is an extremely hardy plant, readily surviving even in frigid USDA zone 2. It’s also known to be one of the most shade tolerant evergreens, though in deep shade, it will develop a more sparse and open habit, as well as less vivid green foliage. This deer resistant evergreen will, over time, spread to form a lovely patch 4-6′ wide and just 1-3′ tall, transforming challenging spots into lush, low maintenance, evergreen carpets.

    Why grow Celtic Pride microbiota?
    – One of the most shade tolerant evergreens
    – Exceptionally cold tolerant
    – Deer resistant
    – An easy care choice for Ground cover

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  • SWEET & LO™ Sweet Box

    The strange and spicy feature your shade garden has been begging for. This unique beauty gets started in late winter with bunches of long, firework-like blooms lining their burgundy branches. With a lovely fragrance, much like jasmine, you and the pollinators alike will be eager to visit these flashy blooms to start the growing season with a bang. This low-growing evergreen makes a handsome four-season Ground cover that stays tidy all on its own.

    Why grow Sweet & Lo sweet box?
    – Very early flowering
    – Extremely shade tolerant
    – Handsome low-growing habit

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