A group of medium-size hardy flowering shrubs that do well in urban and city gardens. A low maintenance, grow anywhere shrub that suits most soil types and conditions.
Family: Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle)
Botanical Name: Weigela
Foliage: Deciduous, elliptical or ovate green leaves. Bronze, purple and variegated leaf forms are also available.
Flowers: Clusters of tubular flowers in shades of red, pink or white.
Flowering Period: May-June.
Soil: Moist but well-drained soil (chalk, clay, sand or loam). Any pH.
Conditions: Full sun or partial shade. Can be grown in a north, south, east or west-facing aspect, in a sheltered or exposed location.
Origin: China and Japan
Hardiness: Hardy in most regions of the UK.
Plant outside in early autumn or spring. Container grown plants can be planted out at any reasonable time of year.
Grow in an open sunny position for the best flowers. Thrives in rich fertile soils, but it will succeed in almost any conditions, including chalky soils.
The nectar rich flowers attract a large number of pollinating insects. Making this an excellent choice for wildlife gardens.
Useful in a mixed shrubbery but can be grown as a decidious flowering hedge or part of a mixed hedge.
Water thoroughly during dry weather until well established. Mulch with organic matter in spring and apply a general fertilizer suitable for shrubs.
Prune annually by cutting back flowering stems and old wood, as soon as flowering has finished to keep the plant tidy. Note: Flowers grow on previous season's wood, so don't prune too late in the year.
Generally disease free. Susceptible to attack by leaf and bud eelworms.
Increase from softwood cuttings in early summer, semi-hardwood cuttings in summer or strike 10in (25cm) long hardwood cuttings of strong shoots in autumn.
A good range of robust garden hybrids are available, including many attractive variegated leaf forms.
Weigela All Summer Peach is new floriferous form of weigela, flowering from spring throughout the summer and into autumn, with pink-tipped peach blooms that burst from deep carmine buds above contrasting young leaves which are lightly toned with red. Height and spread to 40in (1m). Available from You Garden.
Weigela 'Black and White' has dark green foliage that matures to a purple tinge, bearing ice white, fragrant, tubular flowers from May onwards. For sale at Thompson & Morgan.
Weigela 'Candida' is a large spreading deciduous shrub with tall arching stems that are covered with elegant, tubular white flowers in May-June are. Height and spread to 8ft (2.5m). Available from Van Meuwen.
Weigela 'Ebony and Ivory' is a compact shrub making it idea for patio containers and raised beds. The dark-green leaves mature to deep plum as the summer progresses. The trumpet shaped flowers are white, with red throats. Height to 20in (50cm), spread to 30in (80cm). For sale at Thompson & Morgan.
Weigela florida (China) is a medium sized shrub with rose-pink flowers. Height and spread to 6ft (2m) or more. Good cultivars include 'nana purpurea' with coffee-purple foliage and pink tubular flowers in May and June. Available from Gardening Express. Cultivar 'Moulin Rouge' produces gold and green variegated foliage with red flowers in spring. Height to 6ft (1.8m), spread to 4ft (1.2m). Available from Van Meuwen. The popular variety 'Bristol Ruby' has dark red flowers on graceful arching stems in May and June. Available from Gardening Express.
Good dwarf forms include Weigela florida 'Midnight Wine' with deep burgundy leaves and rich pink, tubular flowers in May and June. Height to 18in 45cm (18). Spread 12in (30cm). Available from Van Meuwen. Also 'Monet' with beautiful 3-colour foliage (green, white, pink) and pink tubular flowers in April and May. Height and spread from 2 - 3ft (60-100cm). Available from You Garden. 'Pink Poppet' is a perfect small shrub for the front of border with fresh green foliage and soft pink, trumpet like flowers in spring and again in late summer. Height: 24in (60cm), spread 39in (100cm). Available from Thompson & Morgan.
Weigela 'Kosteriana Variegata' is an early summer flowering form, producing masses of pink tubular flowers. For sale at Thompson & Morgan.
Weigela middendorffiana (Middendorff weigela) is a medium sized shrub that produces clusters of lightly scented bell-shaped, yellow flowers, with pretty speckled orange throats, in late spring and early summer. Height and spread to 5ft (1.5m). For sale at Thompson & Morgan. The cultivar Mango produces lush, bright green leaves and clusters of creamy-yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. Available from You Garden.
Weigela 'Minuet' has a naturally dwarf habit, with bronze-purple tinted leaves. Flowering from late spring with hundreds of pink, trumpet-shaped flowers. Height to 3ft (90cm), spread to 6ft (2m). For sale at Thompson & Morgan.
Weigela 'Nain Rouge' is a compact shrub with ruby red tubular flowers and dark green foliage with good autumn shades of red and orange. Height and spread: 90cm (36?). Available from Van Meuwen.
Weigela 'Nana Variegata' provides long-lasting displays of rosy-pink flowers from early summer, set against cream and green mixed foliage. Height and spread to 5ft (1.5m). For sale at Thompson & Morgan.
Weigela 'Naomi Campbell' produces dramatic dark purple leaves and deep raspberry-pink, trumpet-shaped flowers in May and June. Height and spread to 48in (120cm). For sale at Thompson & Morgan.
Weigela Red Prince is a good compact upright shrub with an attractive purplish-red overcast on its leaves. Abundant red blooms in May and June. Available from Gardening Express. Available from Thompson & Morgan.
Weigela Rosea bears beautiful pink flowers from late spring. Height to 6ft (2m). Available from Van Meuwen.
Weigela 'Victoria' has a compact, upright habit with rich, purple-bronze foliage and deep-pink, trumpet-shaped blooms. Height to 6ft (2m), spread to 5ft (1.5m).Available from Van Meuwen.
Weigela 'White Lightning' has lush variegated foliage and pretty pink buds that open to pure white, tubular flowers in late spring. For sale at Thompson & Morgan.