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What is it? Weigela!

Winters in New England can seem very long, so it’s hard to resist when a new flowering shrub promises late April to early May blooming. Lemon Ice, a type of early blooming Weigela, is new to Winterberry this year. It boasts light, lemony yellow flowers that would create a stunning color combination growing next to German Iris or lilacs. They grow up to 6 feet tall and require little care. They form a mounded shrub in a few seasons, and will be especially effective planted in masses, or as an informal hedge.

Weigela is valued as a profusely blooming spring border shrub. Winterberry carries 12 varieties. Czechmark Trilogy, also new this year, includes three of the most popular colors all in one plant – pink, red, and white.

Choose an area with moist, well-draining soil when considering where to plant Weigela. It prefers full sun but may also be planted in light shade knowing blooms will be slightly less abundant. Weigela is an easy shrub to maintain with just a bit of pruning after its late spring bloom, and possibly a bit of shaping later on. A regular, balanced plant food in late winter helps promote springtime blooms.

Some dwarf varieties, like Coco Krunch, which only reaches 2-3 feet, can even be planted in containers. This provides flexibility for gardeners since a plant can then be moved to where color is

needed at particular times. This superior compact and colorful shrub offers dark ruby red foliage and exceptional hardiness due to its Canadian parentage. Soft red flowers are displayed in a neat,mounded form from spring to summer.

Magical Fantasy is another medium sized Weigela new to Winterberry this year. Its pure white leaf margins provide a wonderful contrast to the green leaves and add an elegant element to foundation plantings and borders. Lovely clusters of profuse, soft pink, tubular flowers adorn the shrub in spring.

Growing weigela provides long time blooms in your landscape. Include them in mixed borders with other shrubs that will provide different seasonal interest.