Award-Winning Shrubs for Gardeners in New England

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Hardy shrubs are important elements in New England gardens. They add depth and character to any garden and not only provide lovely blooms, but also attractive berries, showy fall color and food for the birds.

Selecting the right shrub variety might be daunting for New England gardeners. If you are looking for beautiful, low-maintenance and hardy plants that thrive in the New England region, you may want to consider these top performing shrubs which all won the Cary award, which is a joint effort between the Worcester County Horticultural Society, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the New England Nursery Association, the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association, and many other organizations across New England. The goal of this program is to promote outstanding plants for New England gardens. Named in honor of plantsman Ed Cary, it identifies superior ornamental landscape plants that meet the growing conditions of the region and have proven their performance. Each year, this program selects new plant winners in 3 categories: shrubs, vines & groundcovers and trees.

Below is the list of the prestigious shrub winners. As you will note, some of them have also received the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society!

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 – 7  
Heat Zones 1 – 3
Plant TypeShrubs
ExposureFull Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Water NeedsAverage
Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PhAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
CharacteristicsCut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
AttractsBirds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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