What’s popular with shrubs? Consumers want varieties that will give them more return on their investment, in terms of long-lasting blooms and multi-season appeal that lasts from spring until fall and at times stretches into the winter months. Gardeners are tired of cookie-cutter varieties. They want shrub varieties that offer a full package of benefits — low maintenance, disease resistance, versatile landscape performance — along with additional perks that make them stand out, such as in-your-face blooms, foliage that explodes with color, and dwarf varieties suitable for containers. With that in mind, here are 14 new varieties of shrubs and sub-shrubs to consider for your product mix in 2018.