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Flowering deciduous shrubs are good investments for gardeners who want continuous bloom across the growing seasons.
After the spring shrubs have finished flowering, we look to Weigela, a native of Northern China, to provide its distinctive display. On each graceful arching branch there are masses of pairs of funnel shaped blooms that are irresistible to butterflies and humming birds.
There are pink white and red flowering species and one, Weigela florida “Variegata” provides the additional bonus of green and white foliage.
Plant Your Own
These shrubs grow in sun or light shade and are hardy in zones 4 through 9, and resistant to pests and disease. They can be planted in groups or hedges if one has the space for their 5-foot spread, or as solo specimens.
Like all flowering shrubs they should only be pruned right after blooming. Cut out the thickest canes as you shape the bush.
A common name is “Bush Honeysuckle,” but Weigelas are much better behaved than Honeysuckles. In fact, except for needing some pruning from time to time, they are really undemanding shrubs and also readily available at a reasonable price. Yet they provide a sensational fountain of flowers during their summer display when they become focal point in our gardens.