Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs

The Proven Winners® plant brand has introduced some of the best, most unique, and high performing plants since 1992.  Their plants are well-known for flowering, growth habit, disease resistance, and garden performance.

The Proven Winners® ColorChoice® series is one of the most recognized brands in flowering shrubs and produces many of our personal favorites.  Come in and check out our awesome new selection of ColorChoice® shrubs including several varieties available for the first time at Fort Collins Nursery.  Here are a few recommendations to get you started

 

Summer Wine® Black Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius

Summer Wine® Black is a new ninebark released by Proven Winners® this year. It has upright stems and rich dramatic foliage making it an ideal choice for accentuating your home’s exterior. In spring, white flower clusters provide great contrast with the nearly-black foliage. Ninebark is versatile in the landscape, but should be sited in full sun with plenty of space around it and good air circulation to avoid any leaf problems. It is best left unpruned, except for removing any heavy old wood every few years or so. Avoid trimming it back, which will cause it to branch out and distract from its naturally elegant habit.

  • Height: 5’-6’
  • Spread: 5’-6’
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-7
  • Flower Color: White
  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Water: Average
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Spring

 

Oso Easy® Cherry Pie Rose

Rosa x

This new Oso Easy® rose variety has an abundance of bright, candy apple red flowers. The flowers are large and single with bright yellow stamens. The foliage is glossy and highly disease resistant. Oso Easy® Cherry Pie Rose is in continuous bloom all season, making it a colorful addition to the summer garden. Deadheading or pruning is not necessary and this plant shows good disease resistance without spraying. This is a great low maintenance plant and works great for mass plantings or as part of the mixed border.

 

  • Height: 2’-4’
  • Spread: 2’-4’
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Cherry Red
  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Water: Average
  • Maintenance: Easy

Bloom Time: Early Summer-Late Summer

 

Pugster® Blue Butterfly Bush

Buddleia davidii x ‘Pugster’

This jazzy little beauty is as close to blue as we’ve seen in a butterfly bush, and sturdy too! Its lovely shade of bluish lavender evokes feelings of cool waterfalls and chilly breezes.  Thanks to its thick, sturdy stems, the Pugster® series offers vastly improved hardiness and winter survival over other types of dwarf butterfly bush. Although Pugster® Blue Butterfly Bush is a compact plant that reaches just 2 feet tall, it has large, full sized flowers normally seen on a much larger plant. The Pugster® series butterfly bush are also available with white, pink, and periwinkle flowers.

  • Height: 2′
  • Spread: 2′-3′
  • Hardiness Zones: 5-9
  • Flower Color: Blue/lavender
  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Water: Low once established
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer through Fall

 

Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens

The dark burgundy red flower buds of the Invincibelle® Ruby hydrangea open to a two-toned combination of bright ruby red and silvery pink. The foliage is extra dark and the stems are strong, making this new hydrangea a gem in any garden. Invincibelle® Ruby is a strong rebloomer that flowers on new growth and blooms every year without fail. It works great in mass plantings, landscapes, cutting gardens and mixed borders. The Invincibelle® hydrangea series is also available in other varieties including the Wee White® and pink blossomed Spirit.

  • Height: 3′-4′
  • Spread: 2′-3′
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Pink, Red
  • Light Requirement: Partial sun to shade
  • Water: Average to High
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer

 

Oso Easy® Urban Legend® Landscape Rose

Rosa x

Looking for a bright red landscape rose with non-stop blooms? The Urban Legend® landscape rose is the newest disease-resistant addition to the best-selling Oso Easy® series. Its true-red, semi-double flowers bloom in early summer and continue through the first hard frost. A crown of lush yellow stamens in the center add interest and contrast. Because it is disease resistant, it is easy to care for and there is no need to spray or fret about black spot or powdery mildew.  The Oso Easy® series features many other varieties including Cherry Pie, Hot Paprika®, Italian Ice®, Lemon Zest, Mango Salsa, Paprika, Peachy Cream, Strawberry Crush and Honey Bun.

  • Height: 2.5′-3.5′
  • Spread: 2.5′-3.5′
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Red
  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Water: Average
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer through Fall

 

Tuff Stuff Red Mountain Hydrangea

Hydrangea serrata

Tuff Stuff Red, the newest edition to the Tuff Stuff series of mountain hydrangeas, is colorful, beautiful, and reliable. These unique hydrangeas fare better in cold weather than big-leaf hydrangeas, making them the perfect choice for landscapes and gardens in zones 5 and 6. Their large lacecap flowers are a deep pink-red color which is set off by lustrous deep green foliage. Tuff Stuff Red is a reblooming hydrangea that begins blooming in early summer and continues to produce flowers through autumn. Its small rounded shape gives Tuff Stuff Red extra versatility in the landscape and works great in masses or as a solo planting.   At Fort Collins Nursery you will also find the original Tuff Stuff mountain hydrangea with lacy pink flowers.

  • Height: 2′-3′
  • Spread: 2′-3′
  • Hardiness Zones: 5-9
  • Flower Color: Green, Pink, Red
  • Light Requirement: Part Sun
  • Water: Average to High
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer through Fall

Originally published on July 31, 2017.  Updated on August 1, 2018.

Originally published on August 1st, 2018. Updated on August 30th, 2019.