This shrub has pretty summer flowers as well as colorful foliage.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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More Varieties of 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Garden Plans For Weigela
A garden design featuring easy-to-grow shrubs and perennials enhances this deck and helps it blend into the garden.