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Join Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrub experts as they plant shrubs in their own gardens. Simple and quick step-by-step directions will lead you to success in your own garden!

Easy Care Shrubs

Not sure what to plant? Peruse our top choices for low maintenance, high success gardening.

  • LOW SCAPE MOUND® Aronia

    Stabilize soil, keep down weeds, and transform just about any spot – no matter how problematic – into a carpet of green with Low Scape Mound® aronia. Called “chokeberry” by some, this native flowering shrub has an unusual mounded habit that expands the applications for this durable species in the landscape. In spring, it is covered in white flowers; glossy green foliage carries it through summer, accompanied by attractive blue-black berries. Come autumn, the whole plant lights up in red and orange. Low Scape Mound aronia can be planted as an edging, Mass planting, or included in wildlife, pollinator, and native plant gardens. It does sucker somewhat, which increases the overall size of the plant over time, but suckers can be readily pulled or cut out if desired.

    Why grow Low Scape Mound aronia:

    • Multi-season interest in a durable, problem-solving package
    • Native to North America
    • Can grow in nearly any condition, even very challenging conditions

    Low Scape Mound habit icon

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  • DOUBLE TAKE® Scarlet Quince

    The huge, doubled flowers of this quince are far showier than those of older varieties. The lipstick red flowers are long-lasting, and will sometimes rebloom during the summer. This thornless cultivar produces little if any fruit so it does not create a mess in the landscape.

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    LIME RICKEY® Smooth Hydrangea

    Revitalize your love of hydrangeas. One look at Lime Rickey® hydrangea and you’re refreshed! Its cool, lime-green flowers arrive reliably summer after summer to brighten the steamy hot garden. Each fluffy bloom is speckled with pink, every single floret is centered with a puff of pollen. (Be sure to say hello to the pollinators who flock to enjoy it!) Extraordinarily sturdy stems hold each bloom aloft through intense wind and rainfall, ensuring your flower show lasts as long as possible. The applications of this plant are endless; it makes a great specimen for pollinator gardens, looks dreamy planted in drifts, and easily blends into mixed perennial beds.

    Why grow Lime Rickey® hydrangea?

    • An unexpected candidate for the pollinator garden.
    • New wood blooms ensure you’ll have a show every year.
    • Unique cut flower, adds a pop to pink arrangements.
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    GATSBY PINK® Oakleaf Hydrangea

    It’s amazing to see a native oakleaf hydrangea out in a woodland, but it can be hard to picture it in a garden. That’s where the Gatsby series of H. quercifolia comes into play. This lovely native species has become accessible to ornamental, small-scale woodland, and any other garden imaginable. With Gatsby Pink® you get true panache. Its flowers are perfect lacecaps, mounded into panicles that are larger than footballs. Let’s just say, they really stand out. In summer the blooms emerge pure white and slowly mature to a captivating dark shade of pink. Often by that time the oak leaf-shaped foliage has also started to gain its fall color, a rich shade of mahogany-purple. Together this makes an incredibly colorful show and looks perfect when used as a border plant, tall hedge, or in mixed borders with other whimsical natives.

    Why grow Gatsby Pink® oakleaf hydrangea?

    • Unbeatable fall color in flowers and foliage.
    • A native that attracts pollinators.
    • Very shade tolerant – finally a way to get big color into low-sun areas!
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    GINGER WINE® Ninebark

    The name “ninebark” derives from the peeling mature bark, which makes it look like there are multiple layers of bark on the plant. It is a very appealing winter effect. Ninebark is a rugged native plant that is very useful for cold, exposed landscapes. Ginger Wine® expands the color palette for this species: spring foliage emerges orange then matures to burgundy. It has superior disease-resistance, including resistance to powdery mildew. It adds durable season-long color to landscapes, and can also be used as a cut flower. Physocarpus will tolerate clay soils, and established plants will also tolerate some drought.

    Add to Wishlist
  • LOW SCAPE MOUND® Aronia

    Stabilize soil, keep down weeds, and transform just about any spot – no matter how problematic – into a carpet of green with Low Scape Mound® aronia. Called “chokeberry” by some, this native flowering shrub has an unusual mounded habit that expands the applications for this durable species in the landscape. In spring, it is covered in white flowers; glossy green foliage carries it through summer, accompanied by attractive blue-black berries. Come autumn, the whole plant lights up in red and orange. Low Scape Mound aronia can be planted as an edging, Mass planting, or included in wildlife, pollinator, and native plant gardens. It does sucker somewhat, which increases the overall size of the plant over time, but suckers can be readily pulled or cut out if desired.

    Why grow Low Scape Mound aronia:

    • Multi-season interest in a durable, problem-solving package
    • Native to North America
    • Can grow in nearly any condition, even very challenging conditions

    Low Scape Mound habit icon

    Add to Wishlist
  • DOUBLE TAKE® Scarlet Quince

    The huge, doubled flowers of this quince are far showier than those of older varieties. The lipstick red flowers are long-lasting, and will sometimes rebloom during the summer. This thornless cultivar produces little if any fruit so it does not create a mess in the landscape.

    Add to Wishlist
  • Discontinued
    LIME RICKEY® Smooth Hydrangea

    Revitalize your love of hydrangeas. One look at Lime Rickey® hydrangea and you’re refreshed! Its cool, lime-green flowers arrive reliably summer after summer to brighten the steamy hot garden. Each fluffy bloom is speckled with pink, every single floret is centered with a puff of pollen. (Be sure to say hello to the pollinators who flock to enjoy it!) Extraordinarily sturdy stems hold each bloom aloft through intense wind and rainfall, ensuring your flower show lasts as long as possible. The applications of this plant are endless; it makes a great specimen for pollinator gardens, looks dreamy planted in drifts, and easily blends into mixed perennial beds.

    Why grow Lime Rickey® hydrangea?

    • An unexpected candidate for the pollinator garden.
    • New wood blooms ensure you’ll have a show every year.
    • Unique cut flower, adds a pop to pink arrangements.
    Add to Wishlist
  • 3D Model
    GATSBY PINK® Oakleaf Hydrangea

    It’s amazing to see a native oakleaf hydrangea out in a woodland, but it can be hard to picture it in a garden. That’s where the Gatsby series of H. quercifolia comes into play. This lovely native species has become accessible to ornamental, small-scale woodland, and any other garden imaginable. With Gatsby Pink® you get true panache. Its flowers are perfect lacecaps, mounded into panicles that are larger than footballs. Let’s just say, they really stand out. In summer the blooms emerge pure white and slowly mature to a captivating dark shade of pink. Often by that time the oak leaf-shaped foliage has also started to gain its fall color, a rich shade of mahogany-purple. Together this makes an incredibly colorful show and looks perfect when used as a border plant, tall hedge, or in mixed borders with other whimsical natives.

    Why grow Gatsby Pink® oakleaf hydrangea?

    • Unbeatable fall color in flowers and foliage.
    • A native that attracts pollinators.
    • Very shade tolerant – finally a way to get big color into low-sun areas!
    Add to Wishlist
  • 3D Model
    GINGER WINE® Ninebark

    The name “ninebark” derives from the peeling mature bark, which makes it look like there are multiple layers of bark on the plant. It is a very appealing winter effect. Ninebark is a rugged native plant that is very useful for cold, exposed landscapes. Ginger Wine® expands the color palette for this species: spring foliage emerges orange then matures to burgundy. It has superior disease-resistance, including resistance to powdery mildew. It adds durable season-long color to landscapes, and can also be used as a cut flower. Physocarpus will tolerate clay soils, and established plants will also tolerate some drought.

    Add to Wishlist
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    SONIC BLOOM® Pink Weigela

    Sonic Bloom® Pink Weigela* will flower in spring, and then continues blooming throughout the summer! The hot pink buds open to saturated pink flowers that add intense season-long color to landscapes. This deer-resistant shrub makes a stunning low hedge and be used in mixed borders and as foundation plantings.

    *Sonic Bloom® is a registered trademark of the Syngenta Company.

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    GOLDEN TICKET® Privet

    A sterile variety that provides all of the utility of Golden Vicary Privet without the invasiveness. This durable, adaptable plant forms a dense, leafy wall that is useful for establishing privacy around properties as well as screening off air conditioners and other eyesores. High quality, glossy foliage emerges bright yellow and matures to chartreuse.

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  • KODIAK® Orange Diervilla

    A good alternative to burning bush, this selection of our native bush honeysuckle has vibrant orange foliage in fall. Bright yellow flowers contrast with the orange new growth, and support pollinator populations. One of the few plants to tolerate dry shade, it will have more vibrant color in partial shade and Full Sun.

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  • DOUBLE PLAY DOOZIE® Spirea

    Enjoy flowers from late spring to fall with Double Play Doozie spirea! It doesn’t produce seeds, so it can spend that energy on producing more flowers. These dark pink, fluffy blooms appear in bursts throughout the growing season, offering constant color that plays with other vibrant flowers. You won’t need to deadhead it to get new flowers. The spent blooms just tuck into the foliage over time as new growth and flowers cover them up. It maintains a neat, rounded habit naturally, but it responds really well to pruning if you enjoy the task or enjoy a super tidy appearance. That’s all the maintenance it may need though, as it is very tolerant of tough conditions. No need to protect against deer or fret about disease or drought. You have found the perfect plant for easy color!

    Why grow Double Play Doozie spirea?

    • continuous blooming
    • compact habit
    • super colorful flowers
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  • NORTH POLE® Arborvitae

    Whether you have a small yard or just don’t want to spare any more of your precious real estate, North Pole® arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) is the perfect choice. Growing just 3-5′ wide but 10-15′ tall, it’s a space-saving evergreen that can be planted in so many different ways: as a distinctive specimen, in sculptural groups, as a narrow hedge, or paired for a touch of formality at entryways. This native arborvitae is very hardy (down to USDA zone 3)  and adaptable to various soils and conditions.

    Why grow North Pole arborvitae?

    • One of the most space-saving varieties – requires only 3-5′ square feet of ground space
    • Keeps a lush green color all year-round
    • Native to North America

    North Pole habit icon

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    SONIC BLOOM® Pink Weigela

    Sonic Bloom® Pink Weigela* will flower in spring, and then continues blooming throughout the summer! The hot pink buds open to saturated pink flowers that add intense season-long color to landscapes. This deer-resistant shrub makes a stunning low hedge and be used in mixed borders and as foundation plantings.

    *Sonic Bloom® is a registered trademark of the Syngenta Company.

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