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Wine & Roses *or* Shining Sensation Weigela

Posted by GrapeSocks 5b (NE IL) (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 28, 12 at 22:25

I'm looking for a purple-leafed shrub as a foundation planting. The darker the purple, the better.

The intended site is a southern exposure in full sun, rocky clay soil (well-drained) next to the house. The area can accommodate a shrub that stays about 5' wide, or must withstand the pruning shears.

I'm considering either a 'Wine & Roses' weigela or a 'Shining Sensation' weigela. Or is there another shrub to consider? What would you pick, and why?
One other consideration: Nan Ondra did a nice post on her blog about coppicing Cotinus coggygria that got me interested. The purple foliage sure looked gorgeous in a small shrub form. Can anyone out there share their experience doing this? I realize coppicing would forego the 'smoke' but I'm really only interested in the purple foliage.

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RE: Wine & Roses *or* Shining Sensation Weigela

I have both and I pick Shining Sensation based on the fact that my W&R has always had a "failure to thrive" problem. I've changed locations (which of course sets it back some) and altered culture, but it has remained a wimpy plant.

My SS has filled in its spot admirably since planted in my sunny front foundation. I've only had it a couple of years. I used to have a Ninebark 'Summer Wine' there but it had a lot of fungus disease problems. The Ninebark replaced a Purple Sandcherry that was okay, but suffered from a leggy bottom that I could never get to fill in no matter how much pruning I did.

As far as purple-ness, I honestly can't remember. I will look for a picture.

RE: Wine & Roses *or* Shining Sensation Weigela

  • Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 29, 12 at 21:42

Shining Sensation seems to have better color...I'd vote for this one as well.

If I'm not mistaken Fine Wine is an improved version of Wine and Roses.

RE: Wine & Roses *or* Shining Sensation Weigela

Thanks Wendyb and Whaas. 'Shining Sensation' it will be. Lucky for me, I already spotted some at one of my favorite nurseries. Will check out the 'Fine Wine' for kicks, too.

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