Shrub Madness will be on hiatus for 2024

Hall of Fame

Each year since 2014, hundreds of thousands of votes have crowned a deserving plant as Shrub Madness World Champion. 

This first time competitor took the championship home! Its perfect dwarf habit combined with its orange-red autumn foliage and beautiful lime green to pink colored blooms made Fire Light Tidbit® panicle hydrangea unstoppable. When it comes to front of the border beauty, this dwarf hydrangea provides just the captivating display you’re looking for!
USDA Zones 3-8  •  Full Sun – Part Shade •  2′-3’/.6-.9m tall and 3’/.9m wide
This rookie won the hearts of many by showing its true colors. All of them! Its flowers range from moody purple to dramatic hot pink depending on the soil pH. Wee Bit Grumpy® bigleaf hydrangea is a standout performer with a tight, compact habit that’s continuously flower-filled.
USDA Zones 5-9  •  Full Sun – Part Shade •  2’/.6m tall and 2.5’/.76m wide
Some roses throw in the towel after a bloom or two. Oso Easy Italian Ice® rose (Rosa) pushes the limits with continuous blooms all. summer. long. Similar to ‘Peace’ in its coloration, this standout’s orange buds open to all-star yellow flowers before shifting to pink. This hard-working, self-cleaning rose has excellent disease-resistance and a nice, compact habit.
USDA Zones 4-9  •  Full Sun  •  1.5-2.5’/.46-.76m tall and wide
Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® mountain hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata) continues the legacy set by 2017 Shrub Madness World Champion ​Tuff Stuff™ hydrangea and 2014 winner Let’s Dance Diva!® hydrangea. It’s a trio of all-star rebloomers with delicate looking lacecap flowers that are anything but bench warmers. What makes this contender so tough? Better bud hardiness and rock solid reblooming mean MVP performance. In our trial gardens, it’s almost always in flower during the season.
USDA Zones 5-9  •  Full Sun – Part Shade  •  2-3’/.6-.9m tall and wide
Zinfin Doll® panicle hydrangea‘s first Shrub Madness run ended in a disappointing 15th place ranking, but this comeback kid rebounded in 2018 to sweep the competition. Strong stems and early, multi-toned blooms set that pace for a strong finish, but it might be its rock solid performance that make it a real winner. (Hydrangea paniculata)
USDA Zones 3-8  •  Full Sun – Part Shade  • 4.5-6’/1.4-1.8m tall and wide
True to its name, Tuff Stuff™ mountain hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata) delivers game-winning performance with improved bud and stem hardiness. Colorful lacecap blooms appear all summer, coming back even after harsh winters. Handsome foliage and a compact, low-maintenance size continue to make this plant a fan favorite. ​
USDA Zones 5-9  •  Full Sun – Part Shade  •  2-3’/.6-.9m tall and wide
Many modern roses drop the ball when it comes to fragrance, but At Last® landscape rose (Rosa) combines amazing fragrance and disease resistance in an easy care plant. It also blooms all summer with large, full flowers. That’s what we call a game changer.
USDA Zones 5-9  •  Full Sun  •  3’/.9m tall and wide
This hot shot mixes the strength and beauty you’d expect from a champion. Fire Light® panicle hydrangea‘s sturdy stems hold up abundant, full blooms. These white flowers transform to pomegranate-red in late summer. Year after year, it blows the competition away. (Hydrangea paniculata)
USDA Zones 3-8  •  Full Sun – Part Shade  •  6-8’/1.8-2.4m tall and wide

Now retired, Let’s Dance® Diva! reblooming bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) blew the competition away in our first year of Shrub Madness. Massive lacecap blooms and impressive reblooming lead the charge. If you’re looking to add a similar beauty to your garden, look to 2019 World Champion, Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha hydrangea.