The showy blooms of weigela ( Weigela florida ) come in pink, red, yellow, lavender or white, depending on cultivar, and appear in mid to late spring. Some cultivars feature variegated foliage; other types have purplish or maroon leaves. This deciduous shrub, native to northern China and Korea, can grow as tall as 9 feet and can spread even wider, but compact varieties are available. It works best in borders. Weigela thrives in full sun and also attracts hummingbirds.
“Rudy Haag” dwarf burning bush can stand in for the invasive burning bush species and grows 5' tall by 5' wide. This cultivar forms a dense mound of fine twiggy branches. Fall color can be a bright pink to a fire engine red. It has been reported to be nearly seedless.
Lilac Bloomerang™ Tree Form: Fragrant Bloomerang blooms in spring and then again throughout the summer. After a rest period in the heat of the summer it flowers again until frost. This lilac requires well-drained soil and full sun. Remove spent blooms promptly to encourage reblooming, and save heavy pruning to shape after blooming. It works great as a foundation planting or as part of the mixed border.