Mistakes to Avoid when Growing a Weigela

Weigela is a very forgiving plant that is generally easy to care for all year round. However, even the most carefree plants need some degree of attention, especially when initially planting or transplanting. Below are some basic tips and things to avoid as you grow a weigela.

Avoid Poor Locations

There are 3 things to avoid when choosing a location in which to plant.

  • Shady areas
  • Pooling water
  • Overcrowding

While some shade won’t necessarily harm your weigela, it will bloom more and with better color if it receives full sun every day. Likewise, weigela can adapt to just about any soil type, but it needs soil that is well-draining. If possible, choose a location that is slightly elevated.

Full-grown weigela plants will vary in size depending on type, but most will grow up to 6 or even 8 feet tall, and equally as wide. When planting your weigela, give it plenty of room to expand. This is especially true if you are creating a wind or privacy barrier. Plant a minimum of 4 feet away from any foundations to protect the roots.

Avoid Planting Too Deep

It is important to not plant the root ball of the weigela too deep. You’ll want to dig your hole about 2 or 3 times as wide as the root ball, but only just as deep. That way, the top of the root ball is roughly even with the top of the soil. Any deeper than this will cause problems, especially with watering.

Avoid Over Pruning

If you are used to dealing with other plants that need regular pruning each year, it is easy to accidentally over prune your weigela. Pruning times are in the spring after flowering, and you shouldn’t remove more than one third of the oldest wood. However, you may opt to prune additional tips, which can make the weigela bloom more often. You should also make a point of always pruning away dead wood from your weigela.

Early Care

Many newcomers to growing weigela make the mistake of leaving it too much on its own for growing when initially planted or transplanted. While it is largely self-sufficient once established, it shouldn’t be ignored for at least the first few seasons. Regular watering is very important, as it likes the ground to stay moist. Also, keep two or three inches of mulch down, especially in the first year or so. This will not only help keep the soil moist, but will help prevent growth of weeds around your weigela. It is a good idea to continue mulching every year, but this is only crucial in the first couple of seasons.

If you are new to gardening, some of these tips may seem a little daunting, but as mentioned before, weigela is a very forgiving plant. You can make mistakes in most of these areas (except for maybe bad planting location) and your weigela is likely to recover if you correct yourself in a timely manner.

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The last time you pruned your weigela bush it failed to flower. What went wrong?

Pruning a weigela is not difficult. If you adhere to the following advice, your weigela will flower in abundance each and every year.

When to prune Weigela to encourage flowering

Weigela should be pruned just after flowering. Flowering occurs during late spring through to early summer. Pruning at this time will give your Weigela the opportunity to put on plenty of new growth. Next year’s flowers will develop on this year’s new growth. Trimming shoots too early or too late will result in either few flowers or none at all.

Always trim each branch just above a shoot or growth node. You can cut back as much growth as you want but as a standard, 1/3 off is usually enough. I recently inherited a huge straggly Weigela and trimmed it down to about 25% of its original size. This year, it has gone crazy with plenty of flowers and lush growth.

So, here’s a recap:

  • When: Just after flowering – spring to early summer.
  • How: Prune just above a shoot and take as much as 1/3 off shrub size.

A shrub with benefits

I’ve been growing weigela for many years now and it is possibly one of my favourite garden shrubs. Not only is it very hardy and easy to grow, and virtually pest-free, it produces masses of spectacular 1-inch foxglove-like flowers in shades from red to white during late spring/early summer. Bees and butterflies also seem to favour Weigela. Although not at all edible, it is totally non-toxic and a great plant for in a family garden.

Foliage is another key feature. Weigela is not evergreen, but more than makes up for it with masses of lush, dense foliage in various shades of green. My favourite is the variegated variety – Weigela florida ‘Variegata’.

Weigela, a relative of honeysuckle and originally from China and is tolerant of most soil types. It can be successfully grown in either semi-shade or full sun. This makes it a great addition to any garden. I have also trained a Weigela as a hedge. But remember – flowers form from last year’s growth, so be careful when you trim.

Weigela will happily grow to 7-8 ft is left to its own devices. I have found that a ruthless pruning every few years will do it the world of good and bring new vigour to this lovely garden shrub.

For more information on when to prune your Weigela or general growing tips, visit this RHS post.

Weigela

Weigela

Weigela is an old staple for any shrub border. Thanks to new weigela innovations, the plant is coming back into the spotlight. Available in many shapes and sizes, there is sure to be a weigela to fit your needs.

genus name
  • Weigela florida
light
  • Part Sun,
  • Sun
plant type
  • Shrub
height
  • 1 to 3 feet,
  • 3 to 8 feet
width
  • 18 inches to 6 feet
flower color
  • Red,
  • White,
  • Pink,
  • Yellow
season features
  • Spring Bloom,
  • Summer Bloom
problem solvers
  • Drought Tolerant
special features
  • Low Maintenance,
  • Attracts Birds,
  • Good for Containers
zones
  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8,
  • 9
propagation
  • Stem Cuttings

Bountiful Blooms

Weigela puts on a show of red or pink blooms in the early summer and fades into the background as the seasons change. New varieties of weigela can grow anywhere from 1 to 6 feet tall. These plants are also quick growers, reaching their full size after just a few seasons.

Along with variation in sizes, weigelas come in many foliage colors. Colors can range anywhere from green and gold to deep burgundy while showing a glossy finish. Shades of red and pink are still the dominant colors of weigela blooms, but new varieties have white and yellow options.

See our favorite flowering shrubs for hedges.

Weigela Care Must-Knows

Many dwarf varieties of weigela need almost no maintenance—simply trim back any dead wood in the spring. Larger varieties may need pruning throughout the growing season to maintain their shape. If you prune in the fall, you run the risk of losing next spring’s flowers. Weigelas aren’t too picky on planting location, but full sun is best for the biggest flower show and deepest foliage color.

Learn more on renovating shrubs.

More Varieties of Weigela

‘Briant Rubidor’ Weigela

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Weigela florida ‘Briant Rubidor’ bears green-and-yellow variegated foliage and wine-red blooms on a shrub that grows 7 feet tall. Zones 5-8

‘Eyecatcher’ Weigela

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Weigela ‘Eyecatcher’ offers bold, variegated foliage on a compact shrub that grows to 2 feet tall and wide. It produces deep red flowers in late spring. Zones 4-8

‘Ghost’ Weigela

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Weigela florida ‘Ghost’ offers chartreuse foliage that pales to a shiny pale yellow in summer and deep red flowers. It grows 4-5 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-8

My Monet Weigela

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Weigela florida ‘Verweig’ is a compact combination of green-, rose-, and white-variegated foliage that sparkles in the shade. Pink blooms appear in summer. It grows 18 inches tall and 2 feet wide. Zones 4-8

‘Polka’ Weigela

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Weigela florida ‘Polka’ is a vigorous shrub that grows 5 feet tall and wide and features yellow-throat, pink flowers continuously from early summer to early fall. Zones 4-7

‘Red Prince’ Weigela

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Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’ produces red flowers on arching stems in late spring then again in late summer. It grows 5-6 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide. Zones 4-7

Variegated Weigela

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Weigela florida ‘Variegata’ offers green leaves edged in creamy yellow that turn white as the leaves age. It’s a refreshing effect in shade gardens. It grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-8

Wine and Roses Weigela

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Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’ features burgundy foliage and rose-pink flowers in late spring. It grows 4-5 feet tall. Zones 4-8

Garden Plans For Weigela

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Traditional Weigela is an attractive shrub, producing abundant bell-shaped or trumpet-shaped flowers in the springtime and blossoms sparsely during the early summer.

The genus Weigela is named after Christian Ehrenfried Weigel, (1748-1831) a German professor of chemistry and botany at the University of Greifswald.

Although Weigela serves as an old-fashioned sort of deciduous shrub, it will surprise you to know that it went through a great deal of hybridization and cultivation to create numerous varieties of this longtime favorite.

Approximately 10 species of Weigela exist and all of them hail from northern China, Korea, and Japan.

From these 10 species, a wide variety of cultivars have been developed resulting in various ranges of hardiness and even greater abundance of blooms than provided by the original, traditional plant.

Modern-day Weigela hybrids and cultivars are hardy, fast-growing and very easy to propagate and grow.

In fact, it does quite well in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 10.

Interestingly most people use the botanical plant name Weigela also as its common name weigela.

There’s Something To Suit Any Garden Setting

In the old days, Weigela plants bloom only in red. Today, you can find bushes producing blooms in a wide variety of shades of:

  • Lavender
  • Peach
  • White
  • Pink
  • Red

They appear delightful to the eye and provide sustenance for hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Not only flower colors, but foliage also comes in a wide variety of shades and patterns including:

  • Copper Colored
  • Bright Yellow
  • Nearly Black
  • Chartreuse
  • Variegated
  • Burgundy
  • White

The development of variety in foliage colors extends the productive growing season of Weigela into late autumn. When your shrubs’ blossoms faded and fallen, you can enjoy a lovely show of fall foliage.

Size Matters!

In the old days, if you want to plant Weigela, you need to prepare for your “shrubs” to grow up to 10 feet high and 10 feet wide. Today, you can easily get dwarf Weigela varieties.

Not only do these miniature versions need less space, they also do well with lighter care in terms of pruning. If you own a small garden space or even a large container, you may successfully grow a dwarf Weigela shrub.

A Rainbow Of Choices

Some of the new and exciting varieties of this traditional garden favorite include:

Florida Variegata this variegated weigela contains pretty green leaves with yellow edges. As the leaves mature, they fade to white making a stunning appearance in a shady garden. The funnel-shaped flowers hold delicate, pale pink petals, and deep pink centers. This is a medium height plant which grows to a maximum of five feet high and wide.

Florida Red Prince belongs to the medium variety. It reaches a maximum height of six feet and can spread to five feet across. Its limbs look graceful and arching. They also feature lovely red blooms.

Briant Rubidor grows up to a maximum of 7′ high. It holds variegated yellow and green foliage while its blooms appear deep burgundy red.

Weigela Florida Ghost appears with striking chartreuse leaves coupled with dark red flowers. This comes from medium height variety growing to a maximum of five feet high and five feet wide.

Polka comes from a medium-sized variety reaching a maximum height of five feet. It blooms throughout late summer and into the early autumn. Its pink flowers contain yellow centers.

Wine and rose makes a very impressive addition to any garden. Its colorful foliage of deep burgundy and its flowers wear a rosy pink color. The wine & rose flowers appear late in the springtime and add color throughout the summer months. This variety (pink Weigela) with pink blooms grows up to five feet tall.

Eyecatcher hails from a dwarf variety growing only two feet high. It features boldly contrasting variegated foliage and stunning deep red flowers appearing in great abundance late in the springtime.

My Monet is a very small and compact dwarf variety growing only eighteen inches high and spreads only two feet. It bears striking leaves and flowers. The leaves look variegated in shades of white, green and rose while its flowers, a delicate shade of pink.

Sonic Bloom Pearl (from Proven Winners) is a reblooming Weigela cultivar producing white blossoms abundantly and continuously from early spring, well into the fall. It works great as nice borders or container plants.

On the other hand, the Sonic Bloom Red appears as another reblooming cultivar with bright red flowers.

Other notable Weigela tree varieties to round out your plant collection include Spilled Wine, Midnight Wine, the Czechmark Sunny Side Up.

Like “Knockout Roses”, the reblooming Weigela flower cultivars need no deadheading. The new blossoms simply knock the spent blossoms off when they emerge.

Considerations When To Add Weigela To Your Yard Or Garden

In addition to the size, bloom colors and blooming habits of the plants, keep in mind a number of things when considering adding one of these delightful bushes to your yard or garden.

Deer Resistant – Seldom Severely Damaged

Although no plant can be completely “deer resistant” Rutgers University list Weigela as “seldom severely damaged” by visiting deer.

When choosing a planting spot for this hardy, attractive bush as a shrub border, it’s best to find a place receiving full sun.

Although it can do fairly well with partial shade, a lack of sun will negatively impact flowering. For the full effect of Weigela’s beautiful blossoms, you will want to give it ample sunlight.

Soil conditions also makes an utmost importance. As with most plants, trees, and bushes, a well-drained soil serves as a key to success.

Meanwhile, swampy settings and compacted soils retaining moisture can cause root rot.

You want a good, light, nourishing soil which provides good aeration for the roots along with vital nutrients for the plants.

12 Steps To Plant Weigela Successfully

When you choose a good, sunny place with excellent drainage, follow these 12 planting steps for best results.

  1. Water your new shrub thoroughly before removing it from its pot.
  2. Dig a hole as deep as the plant’s root ball is high. The hole should measure at least twice as wide as the root ball. The more spreading space you can provide, the better.
  3. Rough up the bottom and the sides of the hole with your shovel or a hand rake to facilitate better aeration, drainage and water distribution.
  4. Break up any lumps or clumps in the soil you have removed from the hole.
  5. Mix the backfill soil with compost to a ratio of 80% original soil and 20% compost.
  6. Remove your shrub from its container and massage and trim the root ball to help the roots get a good start.
  7. Set the shrub into the planting hole gently and spread its roots to make good contact with the soil.
  8. See to it that the shrub gets planted with the same depth as in the pot. Adjust as needed.
  9. Refill the hole with the soil and compost mixture you have prepared. Ensure the mixture makes good contact with the roots under and around the root ball.
  10. Firm down the soil by hand. Don’t press too hard because you do not want to compact the soil.
  11. Water gently to help the soil settle and fill in as needed.
  12. Mulch around your new bush with two or three inches of organic mulch to help protect the roots, deter weeds and conserve moisture. Leave about three inches of space around the trunk of your bush to avoid problems with rot.
  13. Keep the soil uniformly moist during the first year, until your bush is well-established.

How To Take Care Of Your Weigela

Follow these 7 steps of Weigela bushes care to make your established bush thrive all year long!

  1. Water judiciously. If your area receives an inch of rain in a week, you don’t need to water your established Weigela bush. Otherwise, you should water weekly throughout the current season. One good way to do this is to provide a slow drip of a couple of gallons of water weekly.
  2. You can purchase a slow drip bucket, or you can make one using a clean, inexpensive 5-gallon paint bucket. Simply drill a single hole 1/4″ inch in diameter in the bottom of the bucket. Place your watering device 6″ inches to 1′ foot from the trunk of your bush and allow it to slowly drip the water to the roots.
  3. Late in the winter or early spring, turn the old mulch into the ground with a spade and add a thick layer of organic compost. This should spread all the way to the drip line of the bush surrounding the trunk. A good layer of compost should provide all the nourishment this hardy shrub needs.
  4. You may also wish to provide your bush with a dose of slow release fertilizer specially formulated for flowering shrubs at this time. However, tough and hardy Weigela does not need much fertilizer. Still, a light fertilizing in late spring can help it produce more blossoms.
  5. Keep your compost in place and conserve water by mulching with a two or 3″- inch layer of wood chips over the compost. This heavy mulch will help prevent weeds from growing under your bush. Again, do not to allow mulch to come in direct contact with the bark of your shrub as this may contribute to rot.
  6. With your fertilizing and mulching done, you can perform your annual, major pruning. This is the time to remove damaged and dead branches. Take special care to remove those branches rubbing together and those growing toward the center of your bush.
  7. Perform regular light pruning throughout the growing season. Clip off suckers at the base of the bush on a regular basis. Also, deadhead spent flowers (on varieties other than “Sonic Bloom”) to keep your bush looking tidy and encourage more blooms.

Skilled Pruning Yields Beautiful Results

Once you established a good setting and planted your new bush, you want to take good care of it so that it can create the most attractive show in your garden. Good pruning is essential.

Late in the wintertime, you should remove old, damaged branches. Removing older interior branches will help your shrub to produce more spring blooms.

It also helps provide light and air to the inner branches for better overall health.

In addition to removing old, damaged, dead branches you should also give your bush a light, overall pruning to help shape it attractively.

Keep an eye on the symmetry of your plant throughout the growing season and into the fall and trim regularly as needed.

When should you prune a weigela and What is the best way to go about it?

Weigela is a great garden plant that grows in full sun or light shade. Mark Viette shares in this video his recommendations on pruning a Weigela.

Recommended: Use Hand Pruners & Practice Selective Pruning

Mark recommends using hand pruners like these and being selective in the pruning process, along with pruning long branches and thinning things out about 20%. Watch the video for more…

For your late spring trimming, wait until all of blossoms have faded and your plant has finished blooming completely. If you prune too early, you may negatively impact your plant’s ability to bloom fully next year.

Weigela blooms develop on a one-year old wood. This means, the wood growing now will bloom in the coming year. When you wait until your plant completely finished blooming before you prune, you will enjoy more abundant blooms next year.

You can also control the size of your Weigela with pruning. Begin by determining just how big you want the plant to get.

Form a clear mental picture. You may want to make some sketches or take some pictures of bushes matching your mental image.

Trim your shrub to the shape and size you wish, and keep a close eye on it so that you can address any errant limbs growing in opposition to your vision.

Don’t worry about hurting your Weigela with pruning. It is alright to cut branches back by as much as a third of their length every season. This is a good way to control the size of this fast growing shrub.

Always prune at the point where branches meet. Don’t leave unsightly stubs taking out of your bushes.

How Does Trimming Benefit The Health Of The Bush?

Regular trimming helps your Weigela look its best both in terms of symmetry and aesthetics and in terms of overall good health.

When you remove old wood periodically, you rejuvenate it.

To do this, you would look through your Weigela bush towards the end of winter to locate the oldest, woody branches.

These branches holds a size of an inch and a half thick or more. Trim the old branches out at the base to make room for fresh, young growth.

Don’t overdo it, though. If you cut away more than a third of the bush altogether, you could damage it.

Generally speaking, if your shrub showcased a great deal of thick, old growth do your pruning in increments by trimming assiduously each year until you finished attending to all of the old growth. Some exceptions exist to this guideline, though.

For example, if you moved into a property with an old and neglected Weigela bush, you may need to prune it for renovation.

In this case, the bush may be comprised of almost entirely of thick, old growth. However, they will not bloom well when springtime comes.

You can address this problem by simply cutting the Weigela down. Cut it back all the way to the ground leaving only about four inches of branch stubs above the soil.

It will take the plant a year to recover, but when it does, you will enjoy full and abundant blooms.

There’s A Weigela For Every Setting

All-in-all, the low-maintenance Weigela makes an excellent choice for any garden. A visit to your local nursery will surely reveal a variety perfect for your setting and your soil.

If you are an inexperienced or lackadaisical gardener, you will appreciate the fact that Weigela is subject to very few (if any) pests and/or diseases.

It is pretty much a “set it and forget it” addition to your garden yielding a tremendous amount of enjoyment for very little investment of time and effort.

Moving to the country had its pros and cons. There were a lot of things to learn, especially in the garden. I tried to take my entire suburbia garden, one plant at a time, but some of my shrubs, sadly, had to be left behind. They were too big and the roots too deep to move with ease.

One of these shrubs was the weigela bush that sprouted bright red flowers from late June, sometimes well into August. It had taken about ten years for my weigela to grow to the size it was when we moved. It was too big to dig up. But I wasn’t about to leave it behind. Not totally.

I decided to experiment. I had nothing to lose. I clipped a ten-inch, new growth branch and immersed it in water. I used a plastic water bottle, one that had been placed in the recycle bin. I was recycling on my own, by creatively reusing an otherwise disposable item.

The bottle was perfect. I filled it with water and slid the clipping through the opening. It sat safe and secure, and obviously content with the ready supply of water. I had a feeling it might work, but everyone else was convinced I was wasting my time.

My weigela clipping experiment. If you look closely at the stem you’ll see roots sprouting. Emily-Jane Hills Orford / Insteading

“It’s dead,” I was told repeatedly. Week after week, I kept the branch in its water bottle on the kitchen window ledge.

“Throw it out,” others said.

“The flowers are wilting, but they haven’t dried up,” I argued. “It’s not dead. Not yet.”

I persevered and was rewarded about a month later with tiny white protrusions up and down the submerged stem. The white dots grew. It was rooting.

The leaves were wilting and the flowers had long since dropped off, but the plant was regenerating itself. My experiment was a success! At least, I hoped it was. There was still a long way to go before I had my beautiful big bush full of deep red flowers.

Small roots making their appearance on my weigela cutting. Emily-Jane Hills Orford / Insteading

You might call the weigela an oldie. It’s tough and hardy and requires very little care, as long as it’s planted in the right location. As my hardy little branch continued to sprout roots, I had time to decide where to plant my weigela.

A Name That Makes You Think

My weigela. Now there’s a name to challenge the art of pronunciation. Is it the “wei” sound of weight, the “wei” sound in why or the “wei” sound in way? Was the middle part a soft “g” as in George or a hard “g” as in get? And was it “e” as in wheat or “e” as in eh? I asked around and discovered an app online to help me assess the correct pronunciation. I think.

The dictionary gives the true phonetic interpretation: wī-ˈjē-lə. Another interpretation is waɪˈdʒiːlə. Neither help much unless you really know your phonetics, which I don’t. So, here’s my phonetic interpretation, one that helps me pronounce it correctly every time: wy-gee-law (with a hard g as in “get”).

Emily-Jane Hills Orford / Insteading

And where did it get its name? It’s not the usual Latin name one would expect. Actually, the weigela part of its botanical name comes from the German scientist, Christian Ehrenfried Weigel. And since there is a Latin part of its name, its full name is weigela Florida. No, it’s not a reference to Florida in the United States, but rather to the large number of flowers it produces. Florid, after all, means flowery or showy. And weigela Florida is definitely both flowery and showy.

Interpretations and names aside, this is a fabulous shrub to add to any garden. It’s most commonly seen with pink or red funnel-shaped flowers that look like tiny tubes which makes it a showy addition to the eastern Asian shrub family of honeysuckles.

The weigela might not be as popular as other old-time favorites like lilacs, azaleas, and rhododendrons, but the shrub’s resilience and long-lasting flowers have made it gain in popularity over the years. Basically, fancy names aside, it’s a deciduous flowering shrub.

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The weigela bush can be a large one – from 6 to 10 feet high and wide. With branches that arch and sway, it blossoms in late June and sometimes right through the summer months. The most common color of the weigela flower is pink, but there are cultivars that sport deep-pink, red, white or even yellow flowers.

Most cultivars have dark green leaves, but some have a light green, variegated leaf. My personal favorite is the deep red, which is intense when the flowers first appear, fading only slightly before they dry and fall off the branches.

Growing Weigela

This is a full sun shrub and the soil must be well-drained. Weigela has moderate water needs, so it can survive a drought or over-watering (even flood conditions) with minimal effect to its overall survival. Another bonus to the easy care is that hummingbirds and butterflies flock to the weigela flowers.

As an old-time favorite, weigela grows with ease in a very natural, uninhibited form. While its colors make it attractive, its natural, wild form makes it a good selection for either a wildflower garden or a cultivated English garden. Pruning isn’t necessary, but if you want to prune it, wait until it finishes flowering – in other words, not until late fall.

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Pruning while the shrub flowers can destroy the buds, which might prevent it from flowering next year. My preference is to allow my weigela to grow in every direction possible. I plant these shrubs, not only for beauty and to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, but also to create a protective screen around my property, allowing me a modicum of privacy.

Another bonus is that weigelas aren’t usually plagued by pests and diseases. However, like many shrubs, they can be bothered by aphids, spider mites, and scale insects.

An old-fashioned favorite? Well, the weigela has been around for quite some time. Originally a native shrub in the northern parts of Asia, it was introduced to English and European gardens in the mid-nineteenth century and North American gardens soon after.

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Its resilience and guaranteed wow factor makes it a ready favorite for both home gardeners and seasoned botanists alike. It’s certainly my old-fashioned favorite. And now that I know how easy it is to grow more weigela shrubs from mere clippings, it’ll be my favorite garden showpiece, throughout my country plot, for many years to come.

As for my clipping? Well, it took a while, but patience has its virtues. The summer I rooted the clipping was very hot and dry. I didn’t want to risk planting the rooting branch directly outdoors. So, I potted it inside and kept it happy over the course of the long winter months, watering it regularly.

The following spring, I found the perfect, sunny location and planted my clipping — now a small shrub in a pot. I dug a deep hole, lined it with peat moss (not too much) and planted my weigela. With regular watering, both by myself and Mother Nature, who is usually very helpful in the spring, my little shrub prospered and it even sprouted a few flowers that first summer.

Recognizing Different Varieties of Weigela

Weigela plants are old-fashioned shrubs that are becoming popular once again. There are many new varieties available to gardeners. Some boast features such as variegated or purple foliage, dwarf growth, and yellow, white and lavender flowers.

This plant can add a lot to your landscaping because the branches look good all year long, and the flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Weigelas can tolerate a wide range of pH and soil types, and don’t require a lot of maintenance. You can even use them to create hedges and hide unattractive elements in your yard.

Carnaval Weigela

This plant is a shrub that produces a large amount of pink flower buds. After they blossom, the flowers are dark red, white and pink in color, and shaped like little trumpets. The leaves are deep green and very textured. This is a beautiful landscape plant that grows 4 to 5 feet tall, and 3 to 5 feet wide. You can even prune the plant to grow upright. This variety is very easy to plant and maintain. It prefers sandy, well-drained soil in a variety of different conditions. It requires a lot of sun and a moist soil.

Dark Horse Weigela

This variety is fairly new. It’s a compact plant with dark purple leaves and pink flowers. This variety of weigela is unique compared to its relatives. The plant looks best in late spring when planted next to conifers and broadleaf evergreens. It attracts hummingbirds as well.

This flowering deciduous shrub is perfect for a landscape, as it keeps its color all season long. It’s easy to grow and adaptable to most conditions.

Weigela Minuet

This plant is a dwarf variety that was developed in Canada. It has green and purple leaves, and produces flowers that have a slight fragrance. The corolla is red and the petal lobes are lilac purple. The throat of the flower is yellow.

This variety is stronger than the other dwarf plants. It has a compact and rounded shape that looks nice in many landscapes. It also attracts bees, butterflies and birds.

Pink Poppet Weigela

This plant is great if you want to add some ground cover to your garden. It doesn’t grow very tall and spreads well. This plant is a dwarf variety that’s dense and rounded in shape.

A deciduous shrub that produces pink flowers that pop up in June, the plant re-blooms as a lighter color in late summer. It produces emerald green foliage all season that looks beautiful against the flowers. You can grow this plant in medium soil that is well drained.

Although they requires a lot of sun, weigelas can take small amounts of shade.

Whatever variety of weigela you decide to plant in your garden, they should add a lot of color and vibrancy to your landscaping. These plants are easy to maintain, and are a simple way to infuse your garden with beauty and detail.

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