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Another of the favorite “old-timey” shrubs has undergone a rebirth of late – Weigela. Resilient and valuable assets for multi-season interest, choices now abound in foliage colors and shrub sizes, with many repeat-blooming better than they already did. Leaves can be green, gold, plum-purple, or multi-hued with cream, pink, or orange highlights. Flowers have that trumpet shape that hummingbirds enjoy in white, pink, violet-pink, or red and open over much of the summer. In fall, varieties with yellow or green leaves turn orange or a russet orange-red. Large varieties grow into a nice informal mound, while dwarf types remain a tidy tuffet that easily tucks in among other shrubs or perennials. The occasional trim keeps them fresh; their needs are few and care is easy.

by Miri Talabac, Woody Plant Buyer

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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