With long arching stems covered with masses of small flowers from spring to early summer Weigela make a colorful addition to the garden.
The small bell shaped flowers cover the long stems and as a small flowering shrub Weigela grow well in USDA Zones 4 - 8.
Weigela florida is the species from which most of the modern cultivars or varieties have been hybridized.
Originally from China and Korea, over time they form a dense mounded dome reaching from 5' - 10" depending on cultivar and conditions.
A variegated form of the Weigela is also available, usually pink flowers with deep green foliage margined with cream. (Pictured top)
Named cultivars include :
- Weigela florida 'Wines and roses'
One of the newer cultivars with deep rose red flowers with a touch of pink and good green foliage, smaller growing to around 5'.
- Weigela florida 'Red prince'
Brilliant red flowers that seem to occur in two flushes, first in spring and again in early summer. We think this might be the longest flowering cultivar we have seen. Needing little to no pruning other than removal of dead wood and the occasional prune to shape.
- Weigela florida 'Midnight wine'
A smaller growing cultivar reaching around 3' in height Weigela florida 'Midnight wine' has attractive burgundy foliage with contrasting pink trumpet shaped flowers. Excellent in containers, in the border as an easy care filler or grown as a low hedging plant. well suited to growing in conta iners as a patio plant.
- Weigela florida 'Tango'
Another smaller growing cultivar to around 3'. Pink flowers and good green foliage.
- Weigela florida 'White Knight'
White trumpet shaped flowers on an 'old fashioned' sized bush. Reaching around 6' in height with long arching canes.
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