The only reason I didn't choose the highest rating is because I can't say this is my absolute favorite out of all the plants I have, but it is definitely among my favorites. I do not have a single complaint about this Weigela! I purchased a one gallon size from a local nursery mid-summer last year (2013) and planted it in the corner of a raised L-shaped bed that surrounds our deck. It is definitely a statement piece and I thoroughly enjoy it! Even though I planted it late in the season last year, I was rewarded for my purchase with a slew of pretty, deep pink blooms! I was quite worried about the poor thing over the winter. I live in a suburb north of Indianapolis and we had a VERY harsh winter this year. I was worried that maybe it wouldn't make it through the winter since it was so newly planted, but it was one of the first plants to sprout leaves this spring and it already (it is early May) has flower buds ALL OVER IT that should begin opening this weekend or early next week. I am very excited to see the beautiful blooms popping up all through the summer. I like this Weigela so much that I plan to incorporate at least one, if not two, into the re-design of our front yard landscaping.