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Shining Sensation™ Weigela

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Shining Sensation™ Weigela

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Shining Sensation™ Weigela is a blooming machine with pink funnel-shaped flowers that bloom in May and June, and then sporadically through summer. Shiny, burgundy foliage appears as though it has been polished and contrasts nicely with the pink flowers, making this selection a cut above the rest. Long, arching stems provide a handsome architectural element to the mixed border.

Plant Attributes

Shining Sensation™ Weigela is a beautiful flowering shrub known for its stunning plant attributes. This cultivar is a member of the Weigela florida species, native to East Asia. It features a compact and rounded growth habit, making it an excellent choice for small gardens, borders, or containers.

One of the most captivating features of the Shining Sensation™ Weigela is its foliage. The leaves are ovate-shaped and emerge with a deep burgundy hue, creating a striking contrast against the vibrant green foliage of surrounding plants. As the season progresses, the leaves transition to a rich, dark green color, providing an attractive backdrop for the vibrant flowers.

Speaking of flowers, the Shining Sensation™ Weigela is renowned for its abundant and showy blooms. In late spring or early summer, clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers appear, adorning the shrub with a profusion of color. The flowers have a unique combination of pink, lavender, and white hues, creating a mesmerizing display that attracts bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to the garden.

This Weigela cultivar is also appreciated for its relatively low maintenance requirements. It prefers a sunny location with well-draining soil, but it can tolerate partial shade as well. Adequate watering and occasional fertilization can promote healthy growth and abundant flowering. Pruning is generally done after the blooming period to maintain its shape and encourage new growth.

Landscape Use

The Shining Sensation™ Weigela is a versatile shrub that offers several landscaping uses, making it a valuable addition to various garden designs. Here are some of its popular applications:

  1. Borders and Edges: The compact and rounded growth habit of the Shining Sensation™ Weigela makes it ideal for creating borders and edges in garden beds. Planted in a row, it can form a neat and attractive boundary, defining different areas or separating flower beds from the rest of the landscape.
  2. Foundation Planting: With its vibrant foliage and abundant blooms, the Shining Sensation™ Weigela serves as an excellent choice for foundation planting. It can be strategically positioned near the base of a house or other structures, adding color and visual interest to the landscape while softening the harsh lines of the foundation.
  3. Mixed Garden Beds: This Weigela cultivar can be incorporated into mixed garden beds, alongside other flowering perennials, annuals, and shrubs. Its showy flowers and foliage provide a striking contrast and complement a wide range of plant companions, creating a dynamic and visually appealing composition.
  4. Container Gardening: Due to its compact size and attractive attributes, the Shining Sensation™ Weigela is well-suited for container gardening. Planted in large pots or containers, it can serve as a focal point on patios, balconies, or in small urban gardens, bringing a burst of color and beauty to confined spaces.
  5. Pollinator Gardens: The abundant flowers of the Shining Sensation™ Weigela are highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. By incorporating this shrub into pollinator gardens, it not only adds visual appeal but also provides a valuable food source for beneficial insects, contributing to the overall health and biodiversity of the garden.
  6. Cottage Gardens: The vibrant and abundant blooms of the Shining Sensation™ Weigela make it a charming addition to cottage gardens. Its romantic and nostalgic appeal pairs well with other cottage garden favorites like roses, daisies, and lavender, creating a whimsical and picturesque landscape.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for a Shining Sensation™ Weigela is relatively straightforward. Here are some guidelines to help you successfully establish and maintain this beautiful shrub:

  1. Location: Choose a sunny spot in your garden for planting the Shining Sensation™ Weigela. It prefers at least six hours of direct sunlight daily, although it can tolerate partial shade. Ensure the chosen location has well-draining soil to prevent waterlogging.
  2. Soil Preparation: Before planting, prepare the soil by loosening it and removing any weeds or grass. Incorporate organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, into the soil to improve its fertility and drainage.
  3. Planting: Dig a hole that is slightly larger and deeper than the root ball of the shrub. Gently place the Shining Sensation™ Weigela into the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with or slightly above the soil surface. Backfill the hole with soil, firming it gently around the roots. Water the newly planted shrub thoroughly to settle the soil.
  4. Watering: Proper watering is crucial during the establishment period. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Once established, the Shining Sensation™ Weigela is moderately drought-tolerant but will benefit from regular watering during dry spells.
  5. Fertilization: Apply a balanced slow-release fertilizer in early spring before new growth emerges. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the appropriate amount and method of application. Avoid over-fertilization, as it can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of flower production.
  6. Pruning: Pruning is generally done after the blooming period to maintain the shrub's shape and encourage new growth. Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches throughout the year. Additionally, you can selectively prune the Shining Sensation™ Weigela to control its size or rejuvenate the plant.
  7. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or bark, around the base of the shrub. Mulching helps conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Maintain a mulch depth of 2-3 inches, keeping it a few inches away from the main stem.
  8. Winter Protection: In colder climates, the Shining Sensation™ Weigela may benefit from winter protection. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the shrub in late fall to insulate the roots. Alternatively, you can wrap the shrub with burlap to protect it from cold, drying winds.

By following these planting and care instructions, you can ensure the health and vitality of your Shining Sensation™ Weigela, allowing it to thrive and delight you with its beautiful foliage and abundant blooms.

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Plant Features

  • Height: 5-6'
  • Width: 3-4'
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Heat Zone: 7
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Habit: Arching
  • Flower Color: Pink
  • Foliage: Dark Purple

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