Plant Type
Sunlight Amount
weigela blooms with green and yellow leaves
Credit: Mark Kane
weigela blooms with green and yellow leaves

An old staple for the shrub border, weigela has been undergoing a lot of breeding innovation lately to make it even better. Now this beautiful blooming shrub comes in many sizes and flower colors, so there is sure to be one to suit your garden needs.

genus name
  • Weigela florida
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
  • Shrub
  • 1 to 3 feet
  • 3 to 8 feet
  • 18 inches to 6 feet
flower color
season features
problem solvers
special features
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9

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. Weigela sizes can range from 1 to 6 feet tall, depending on the variety. These plants are also quick growers, reaching their full size after just a few seasons.

Along with variations in weigela sizes, it comes 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.

Weigela Care Must-Knows

Many dwarf varieties of weigela need almost no maintenance. Simply trim back any dead wood in the spring. Larger types may need pruning throughout the growing season to maintain their shape. However, if you prune in the fall, you risk 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.

More Varieties of Weigela

briant rubidor weigela blooms
Credit: Greg Scheidemann

'Briant Rubidor' Weigela

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
Credit: Marty Baldwin

'Eyecatcher' Weigela

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 blooms

'Ghost' Weigela

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
Credit: Denny Schrock

My Monet Weigela

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 blooms
Credit: Todd Dacquisto

'Polka' Weigela

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 blooms
Credit: Lynn Karlin

'Red Prince' Weigela

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 blooms
Credit: Bill Stites

Variegated Weigela

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 blooms
Credit: Marty Baldwin

Wine and Roses Weigela

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

Garden Plan For Weigela

island bed with weigela illustration
Credit: Mavis Augustine Torke

Island Bed

Break up your perfectly-groomed yard with an island garden bed that looks good from every angle. This garden plan relies on a plum tree for height and to-die-for color.

Click here to get this plan.


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