Wine and Roses Weigela and Purple Plants Similar to Them

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TheGardenLady received this question from Phil.

I am looking for a plant that is similar to a wine and roses wiegela, same color, same leaves but not a root ball shrub. Any ideas?

Wine and Roses Weigela is a lovely addition to any garden and now there seem to be many more plants that have the burgundy or “black” colored leaves. Some of the plants get their best dark leaf color when grown in full sun.

For those who like the dark leaves of Wiegela ‘ Wine and Roses’ there are other dark leaved wiegela to consider. Herman Geers in the Netherlands seems to be one of the major hybridizers of these purple leafed Wiegelas. One charming new burgundy leaf wiegela is ‘Midnight Wine’ This is a low mounding, dwarf version of ‘Wine and Roses’ that can be used as a ground cover. A few other burgundy wiegelas are Wiegela ‘Victoria and Wiegela florida ‘Purpurea’ For a list check out this site.

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