Plant of the Week - September 20, 2012 Weigela

Plant of the Week - Weigela
Weigela shrubs

Weigela is a beautiful ornamental shrub with colorful multi-clusters of flowers, making it a great addition to your garden landscape.  There's a multitude of new varieties that display flamboyant foliage in shades of gold, green, white and rose for a season-long spectacle of arching stems covered in bell-shape flowers, from late spring to early summer.

Add color and interest with this traditional favorite by using it in mixed shrub borders and backgrounds.  Sizes range from vigorous 6-foot shrubs to very compact varieties well suited to mingling with perennials.  Hardy and easy to care for, Weigelas can grow in any soil but do best in fertile, well-drained soils with full sun or part shade.  This shrub invites wonderful little creatures like bees, hummingbirds and all kinds of helpful insects into your garden and are rarely bothered by destructive insect pests or disease.

You should prune weigelas from time to time because then they will grow more evenly with more flowers in the following years.  So just like other shrubs, the rule of thumb is to trim back 1/3 of the overall plant, even if you have a really large plant that you want to slowly prune back try to only cut back 1/3 of the plant each year.

The best time to prune back a weigela is just after is has finished flowering.  You will want to cut back the branches that have bloomed to the un-flowered side branches and leave only one or two of these to each stem.  Cut some of the oldest branches to the ground.  Also thin out some of the new suckers as they can become overwhelming in the future.  Overall you will want to leave some of the old stems and some of the new stems on each plant.  After doing this you will find your weigela will be very lush and very full with even more flowers for next year.

Read more about the varities Bylands specializes in.  Nice and hardy for your Canadian garden.

My Monet™ Weigela
The first dwarf, variegated Weigela to be introduced. Its compact habit and colorful foliage makes it very versatile. Variegation changes depending on light exposure - whiter in shade, pink in Full Sun. Great in Container or landscape. Proven Winners®.

Tango Weigela
This compact, densely-rounded shrub produces showy clusters of cherry red, trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow throats from late spring to early summer. The purple-green foliage is attractive all season long. Attracts hummingbirds. A great addition to the garden.

Midnight Wine® Weigela
A marvelous low mounding dwarf version of WINE & ROSES®!  Dark metallic burgundy-purple foliage and pink flowers in late spring. Perfect for the front of the border, the perennial garden or used as a groundcover. Attracts hummingbirds. Requires no pruning.

Fine Wine™ Weigela
A vast improvement with its compact, upright habit. The vibrant pink flowers against the dark burgundy foliage make it a show stopper. Slight pruning will encourage reblooming throughout the summer. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Proven Winners®.

Wine & Roses® Weigela
Add romance to your foundation or border when these abundant hot rose-pink colored flowers bloom in late spring against the rich dark burgundy-purple foliage that shimmers like a fine wine. Use in cut flower arrangements. Attracts hummingbirds. A Proven Winners Introduction.

Minuet Weigela
Dwarf, compact shrub with purple-tinted green foliage all season. Slightly fragrant, pink trumpet-shaped flowers with a yellow throat. Free blooming in spring and late summer. Hardier than other dwarf varieties. Introduced by Agriculture Canada in Ottawa,

Centennial Weigela
Old fashioned upright vase shaped shrub prized for its massive display of vibrant pink trumpet-shaped flowers in spring and periodically through the summer. Coarse deep green foliage. Outstanding background for the borders or in Mass Planting.