Weigela is always a good choice
Weigela, thanks to the wealth of varieties, colors, and shapes, has many uses. It is suitable for home gardens, parks, and urban greenery. It comes from Asia – Japan, Korea, and China and can grow practically all over Europe. Everywhere where temperatures do not drop below -23°C.
Has low requirements. It blooms most beautifully in sunny places, requires fertile, well-drained, fairly moist, and fertile soil. It densifies well, and since it blooms on last year’s shoots, we recommend pruning in summer, after flowering.
Weigela, depending on the variety, pleases our eyes with colorful leaves: green, with a colored edge, aquamarine, maroon. The flowers are gathered in a few, in colors from snow white, through various shades of pink, to intense, dark red. Flowers are attractive to insects (it is worth watching, for example, bumblebees “diving” into the funnel-shaped flowers).
Interesting fact: Weigela flowers have a special “homing system” for insects. A small orange spot on the lower petal indicates where the nectar is.
Here are our arguments why we like Weigela for:
- beautiful flowers attractive for bees and bumblebees (we love to watch them diving into the trumpet-shaped-flowers)
- numerous flowers with an interesting shape and many colors
- long flowering
- the richness of leaf colors and the sizes achieved
- it’s easy-going in cultivation
Do you know that with the names of Weigela you can write a story?
Love story. Everything will be there, at least like in Ardensen’s fairy tales. Princesses, princes, monsters, great love, devilish temptations, romantic dances … Don’t believe it? Look at this:
Sisters – ‘Pink Princess’ and ‘Sunny Princess’ – lived in Weigeland. Both were beautiful and full of charm. One day, ‘Lime Monster’ kidnapped them and imprisoned them. But there was a prince – ‘Red Prince’, who was feeling a real ‘Big Love’ to one of the sisters so immediately, on his horse ‘Wings of Fire’, went to their rescue. The prince didn’t listen to the prompts of ‘Lucifer’. He was determined to complete his mission. He was blind for temptations, in the form of the pretty ‘Eva Rathke’, ‘Evita’ or ‘Suzanne’. After The ‘Red Prince’ freed the princesses, it was the real ‘Victoria’ over the ‘Lime Monster’.
All of them happily came back home and a ball was held in the castle. Everybody was dancing the fiery ‘Rumba’, sensual ‘Tango’ and the full of old-fashioned charm ‘Minuet’. 🙂
Overview of the available varieties:
|name||flowers||blooming time||leaves||max size|
|‘All Summer Peach (‘Slingpink’PBR)||pink-peach||V-VI and VIII-IX||green||h: 0.6m|
|‘Big Love'(JS4)®||pink||V-X||green||h: 1.25-1.5m|
|‘Black and White’®||white||V-VI||green change to dark red/black||h: 0.4 m, w: 0.7m|
|‘Bouquet Rose’||pink||V-VI and VIII-IX||dark green||h: 1.5-2m, w: 2m|
|‘Bristol Ruby’||red-pink||VI-VII||green with a brownish edge||h: 2m, w: 2.5m|
|‘Bristol Snowflake’||white||V-VI||green||h: 1.5m, w: 1.5m|
|‘Candida’||white||VI-VII and IX||green||h: 2m, w: 2m|
|‘Eva Rathke’||dark pink/red||VI-VII||green with a red edge||h: 2m, w: 2m|
|‘Evita’||red||V-VI||brownish to green||h: 1m|
|‘Foliis Purpureis’||pink||V-VI||red/maroon||h: 1-1.5m|
|‘Lime Monster’PBR||pink||V-VI||lime green, 25 cm long||h: 1.5m|
|‘Lucifer’®||red/dark pink||VI-VII||dark red to green||h: 2m w: 1.5-2m|
|‘Marjorie’||white and pink||V-VI and VIII-IX||green||h: 1.5-2m, w: 1.5m|
|‘Minor Black’ PBR||dark pink||V-VI||brown-red, small||h: 0.75m, w: 1m|
|‘Nana Purpurea’||dark pink||V-VI||brown-red||h: 1m|
|‘Nana Variegata’||white and pink||VI-VII and VIII||green with a white edge||h: 1.5m|
|‘Newport Red’||red||V-VII||green||h: 2-2.5m|
|Picobella Rosa PBR||pink||V-X||green||h: 0.4m, w: 0.6m|
|‘Pink Poppet’PBR||pink||V-VI and VIII-IX||green||h: 0.5m, w: 0.5m|
|‘Pink Princess’||light pink||V-VI and VIII-IX||green||h: 1.5m|
|‘Red Prince’||red||V-VI||green||h: 1.5m|
|‘Rumba’||dark pink||V-VII||dark green with a reddish hue||h: 1.5m|
|‘Snowflake’||white||VI-VII and IX||green||h: 1-1.5m|
|‘Sunny Princess’||pink||V-VII||variegated – green and yellow||h: 0,75-1.2m|
|‘Suzanne’||light pink||V-VII||green with a white edge||h: 2m|
|‘Tango’||dark pink||VI-VII and VIII||maroon to black||h: 1.5m|
|‘Vintage Love'(TVP1)®||light pink||V-X||green change to dark red||h: 0.75-1m|
|‘Wings of Fire’PBR||pink||V||green with a brown hue, wine-red in fall||h: 1.5m|
h – height; w – width