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Weigela Rosea will bring a huge splash of colour to your spring and summer garden. With its reliable blooms and vigorous growth, these tough shrubs are well worth including in your garden plan!
Native to eastern Asia, Weigela Rosea is most notable for its blooms which it produces in profusion from late May to July. Its purple-green leaves are almost smothered under the masses of clusters of tubular rose-pink flowers that cover the shrub, attracting bees and butterflies to your garden with their fragrance. When the blooming is finished, the leaves and dense habit of growth make a good screening hedge. Its arching branches create a graceful appearance year-round.
Weigela Rosea is reliably winter-hardy throughout the UK, growing to a full height and spread of 2 metres in 5 to 10 years. Prune the stems back by one-third after flowering is finished, and cut out up to one-third of the older stems to the base every year to ensure continued vigorous growth. For a severely overgrown Weigela Rosea, you can cut the entire plant back to 10 cm from the ground and it will recover within a year.
Weigela Rosea can be planted in almost any spot, from full sun to full shade, and will grow in any well-drained soil. It will thrive in a sheltered or exposed location equally well. It is not susceptible to any diseases.
This hardy, undemanding shrub has many potential uses in your garden. Weigela Rosea can be grown as a specimen plant near a seating area or patio, where its fragrant, beautiful blooms can be enjoyed through its long flowering season. As a hedge, it makes a good privacy screen, as well as contributing its fragrance and beauty to your landscape in late spring and early summer. Weigela Rosea can also be planted as part of a mixed hedge in an informal country garden to great effect.
Grown towards the back of a mixed border, the pink flowers of Weigela Rosea will be a lovely companion for late spring-blooming plants, and the green leaves will be a reliable foliage backdrop for summer and autumn bloomers. Weigela Rosea is a great addition to a wildlife or woodland garden, where its tolerance of shade will make it a good understory plant.
Weigela Rosea was very popular during Victorian times, and its old-fashioned charm still works for the modern UK garden, with its springtime flood of flowers and reliable habit of growth!
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