Top Five Boxwood Alternatives

Boxwood is a beautiful, classic landscape plant, but can experience pest and disease problems in some areas. In this video, we present five neat and tidy evergreen shrubs that fill the same role as boxwood, but without its issues.

A better landscape starts with a better flowering shrub

Proven Winners flowering shrubs are bred, tested, and selected to bring you more success with less effort. From longer bloom times and easy-care petite sizes to lush foliage and grand blossoms on sturdy stems, enviable, easy-care gardens begin with the plants in the distinctive white pot. Look for Proven Winners flowering shrubs at better garden centers.

Continuous blooms in tantalizing colors and an easy-care petite size make our Lo & Behold® butterfly bush impossible to resist.

  • Space-saving dwarf habit
  • Non-invasive
  • Blooms all summer without deadheading
  • Available in five fab colors
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Once is never enough for this timeless fragrance, so our Bloomerang® reblooming lilacs blossom in spring, then summer through fall-in purple, dark purple or pink.

  • The original reblooming lilac: flowers in spring, then mid-summer-fall
  • Sweetly fragrant purple blooms
  • Smaller and more disease resistant than conventional lilacs
  • Perfect for cutting and enjoying indoors
  • Available in three picture-perfect shades
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With the richest color and an abundance of blooms, Let’s Dance® reblooming hydrangeas are completely irresistible, even to the most discriminating observer.

  • No pruning required!
  • Reliably produces months of flowers every year
  • Five beautiful, distinctive varieties available
  • Flower color varies depending on soil
  • Developed in Michigan for outstanding performance in cold climates
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Admirers will stop by all spring, summer and fall to drink in the luscious beauty of your Sonic Bloom® reblooming weigela.

  • 2019 Flowering Shrub of the Year
  • Blooms in spring, along with other weigela, then reblooms summer-frost
  • Available in four vivid colors
  • Deer resistant
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With huge, breathtaking blooms on sturdy stems, winter-hardy Incrediball® hydrangea will be your pride and joy, year after year.

  • Spectacularly huge blooms
  • Blooms every summer, even after harsh winters
  • Sturdy stems prevent flopping
  • Perfect for showy summer flower arrangements
  • Available in white or pink
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Your quest for effortless beauty is over. Hardy, dwarf-sized Bobo® hydrangea is engulfed with blooms beyond your imagination.

  • Super easy to grow – perfect for anyone who claims they have a “black thumb”
  • Space-saving: half the size of conventional peegee-type hydrangeas
  • Huge, showy white blossoms engulf the plant
  • Lacy blooms age to a soft, lovely pink through the season
  • Strong stems hold the bloom up with no flopping
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Uncommonly rugged and undaunted by insects, disease, and cold climates, Oso Easy® roses rebloom for months while practically caring for themselves.

  • Very hardy and heat tolerant – thrives from Manitoba to Mobile
  • Superior disease resistance
  • Glossy foliage sets off colorful blooms
  • Flowers from early summer-frost without deadheading
  • Available in 12 luscious shades (Oso Easy® Lemon Zest and Oso Easy® Paprika depicted here)
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The life of any garden party all season long, Spilled Wine® weigela drenches your landscape in rich color and dark foliage.

  • Bright pink flowers in spring create an eye-catching display
  • Dark purple foliage keeps this weigela attractive all season long
  • Low growing habit makes this plant especially versatile
  • Fits easily into any landscape with very little maintenance
  • Deer resistant
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The spectacular, pomegranate red blooms of Fire Light® hydrangea will outperform even the toughest competition.

  • 2019 Hydrangea of the Year
  • The perfect hydrangea for both cold and hot climates
  • Blooms transform from white to pink then into a strong pomegranate red
  • Very hardy and heat tolerant: from USDA zone 3 to USDA Zone 9
  • Makes a beautiful cut flower, fresh or dried
  • Reliable and easy to grow
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Jazz Hands Variegated is the first ever variegated Loropetalum.

  • Rich purple foliage splashed with pink and white variegation
  • Hot pink firework blooms
  • Use as a distinctive specimen or a hedging plant
  • Deer resistant
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Finally – a fragrant, disease-resistant rose! At Last® rose combines all the romance of a fragrant, fully-petaled tea rose with the no-nonsense practicality of a disease-resistant landscape rose.

  • 2019 Rose of the Year
  • Sweetly perfumed
  • Sunset-orange blossoms from late spring through frost
  • Superior disease resistance
  • Glossy foliage sets off colorful blooms
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‘Sweet Summer Love’ gives you everything you want in a clematis: hundreds of colorful blooms, fragrance, ease of growth, and long bloom time. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that.

  • Fragrant cranberry-violet blooms start over a month earlier than others
  • Reliably blooms on new wood
  • Dramatic vertical statement when trained on a trellis or other support
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Why Proven Winners?

Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs are bred, tested and selected to bring you more success with less effort. From longer bloom times and easy-care petite sizes to lush foliage and grand blossoms on sturdy stems, the most enviable gardens begin with our distinctive white pot.