10 New Shrubs – Proven Winners Did you know that shrubs (also known as bushes) play an important role in the landscaping of your home? Shrubs are multi-stemmed, woody perennials that provide visual interest and structure, as well as privacy and traffic control, planted in soil and containers. When used alone, a shrub can be a spectacular focal point. In groups, they become garden plants or hedges, creating privacy, windbreaks and screens. Euonymus alatus Fire Ball An improved selection of compact burning bush with tighter branching and superior hardiness. Burning bush derives its common name from its bright red fall foliage color. Other varieties of burning bush may experience dieback during harsh winters; Fire Ball has had no winter damage even in the coldest of Midwestern winters. Hydrangea paniculata Bobo Loads of flowers on a tiny plant! This dwarf panicle hydrangea will turn heads! Bobo® hydrangea is engulfed by large white flowers in summer. The flowers are held upright on strong stems, and continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom. Physocarpus Coopertina Great foliage stunner in the landscape. Good in groupings and mass planting, perennial and shrub borders. This is a very tough plant that is ideal for difficult sites. Coppery-orange foliage all season long. White flowers in early summer. Forsythia Show Off Everyone should have a Forsythia! The first shrub to bloom in early spring. Bright yellow flowers. Improved flowering compared to older varieties. Compact. Resistant to deer. Ideal for cut flowers. Sambucus Black Lace Intense purple-black foliage is finely cut like lace, giving it an effect similar to that of a Japanese maple. Indeed, some designers are using it in place of more sensitive plants since Black Lace is extremely durable and adaptable. .Pink flowers in early summer contrast with the dark leaves for a stunning effect and give way to black berries if a compatible pollinator is planted nearby. Hydrangea Incrediball The Hydrangea Incrediball will make you say WOW!!!!! They are an improved version of the classic Hydrangea "Annabelle", but with strong and robust stems that will not overturn under the weight of rain. They also have huge flowers and a long flowering period. Spiraea japonica Double Play Double Play spirea has both bright flowers and colorful foliage. This compact, low mounded plant has vibrant golden foliage and an abundance of pure pink summer flowers. It adds easy, season-long color to gardens with very little effort. Double Play Gold maintains its compact mounded shape with very little pruning, and has much brighter color than other gold spirea varieties. Symphoricarpos Amethyst The vivid color of this coral berry makes it superior to other varieties. The vibrant hot pink fruit is much brighter and showier in the landscape than other coral berry cultivars. Amethyst has good branching and a neat habit, unlike the rangy forms seen in many older types. This is a great plant to include in the home garden. It provides vivid color in midsummer, up to the winter. Syringa Bloomerang Bloomerang lilac blooms in spring and then again throughout the summer until frost. The removal of dead flowers encourages the production of new flowers. Fits into any garden. Good for cut flowers. -Scented. -Strong. -Requires well-drained soil in full sunlight. Weigelas of the Sonic Bloom Do you know the Weigelas of the Sonic Bloom family? The Sonic Bloom series certainly is one of the best introductions of recent years. These varieties (red, pink or white) flower abundantly from mid-May to frost. Pink was named Shrub of the Year this year at Proven Winners. Pruning is not necessary for them to flower again, but will result in more uniform plants. Flowers attract hummingbirds. A 'Must' for your garden!