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Which Weigela Florida is YOUR Favourite?

Weigela Florida bushes are one of my favourite shrubs for the garden. 

Which Weigela Florida is YOUR Favourite?

They attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators.

Planted in well drained soil and a sunny location they will give you great pleasure with the blooms that emerge in late spring and early summer. They can tolerate partial shade but flower best in full sun.

Weigelas are moderate growers with a dense compact roundish shape that can be planted as a standalone specimen shrub or mass planted for a stunning hedge.

Growing Weigelas in Containers

Growing Weigelas in Containers

I have been growing my Minute Weigela in a container for the past couple years and it is doing great. 

You will need a large container with good drainage and a well draining potting soil.

They are easy to grow in a container but do require more watering when we haven’t received any rain for a while.

They will also benefit from some slow release fertilizer in the spring. After the first year or so in a pot they won’t have the nutrients they need to produce their beautiful flowers.

Pruning Weigela

Weigelas are a plant that will benefit from pruning. Pruning them right after they are done flowering is the best time because they bloom on old wood.

I usually prune mine around the beginning to middle of July. If you wait until August you are risking cutting the blooms off for next season.

No need to remove spent flowers as it will keep blooming. Sometimes they may re-bloom into the fall.

I have pruned my shrubs in July and noticed they do sometimes bloom again in August and September.

If these shrubs are not pruned, they form a graceful arching habit towards the ground.

Varieties of Weigela florida

Below is the different variety that I grow and propagate. 

These bushes are low maintenance and are said to be deer resistance. 

Applying mulch around the plants will help prevent weeds and also help to keep moisture in as they like moist, well drained soil.

Red Prince (W. florida 'Red Prince'

Weigela Red Prince (W. florida 'Red Prince')

This shrub gets a reddish bell shaped flower with bright green leaves. It's one of the bigger shrubs of this type maxing out at 5-6 feet tall and wide.

It’s a moderate growing compact shrub that hummingbirds and butterflies love.

Tango (W. florida 'Tango')

Tango Weigela (W. florida 'Tango')

It has dark greenish purple leave with cherry red bell-shaped flowers and will only grow to about 2-3 feet tall and wide.

Flowers best in full sun but will tolerate some light shade. Hummingbirds and butterflies love this shrub.

Variegated (W. florida 'Variegata Nana')

Variegated (W. florida 'Variegata Nana')

This gorgeous shrub  has green leaves with yellow edges and rosy pink blooms starting in late spring and into the summer. It grows to about 3' high and 4' wide.

Plant in full sun for best flowering. Butterflies and hummingbirds love this shrub.

Minuet (W. florida 'Minuet')

Minuet Weigela (W. florida 'Minuet')

This is another variety on the smaller size only growing to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide.

With greenish purple leaves and pinkish flowers, it will attract lots of pollinators to your garden, including hummingbirds and butterflies.

Bristol Snowflake (W. florida 'Bristol Snowflake')

Bristol Snowflake (W. florida 'Bristol Snowflake')

Growing 4' tall and wide, this deer resistant shrub would fit in nicely in a white garden.

White bell-shaped flowers tinged in pink will attract hummingbirds to you landscape.

French Lace (W. florida 'Brigela')

French Lace weigela (W. florida 'Brigela')

Variegated green leaves edged in lime yellow with bright pink flower buds and dark pink blooms is a real show-stopper in the garden.

Growing 6' tall and 4' wide it will look great in any landscape.

Cappuccino (Weigela florida 'Cappuccino')

Cappuccino (Weigela florida 'Cappuccino')

Leaves are a yellowish green in spring turning to a yellowish bronze in fall with pink bell-shaped flowers in spring.

Grows to about 4-6' tall and wide.

Not in the Weigela florida family but definitely worth mentioning and one I do offer in my plant nursery.

Briant Rubidor Weigela (W. 'Olympiade' BRIANT RUBIDOR)

Brilliant reddish pink bell-shaped flowers cover the bright yellowish gold leaves

Bright golden leaves and reddish bell shaped flowers makes this an excellent chose for any landscape.

Grows to 5-8' tall and a slightly larger width.

Weigela florida will look awesome in any landscape with it's continuous blooms all summer long.

Pest and Diseases

Anthracnose disease on Weigela florida

Nobody likes the thought of having something bad happen to their Weigela florida plants but sometimes it just happens. Most pests and diseases can be fixed pretty easily but once in a while you need to take drastic measures. 

You should always try natural organic ways to treat pests and diseases. It’s better for the plants and for the environment.

Pests for weigela florida

Aphids – these tiny bugs love to drink the sap from your plants. They come in different colour and make the leaves and stem turn yellow and die. They are soft body bugs and easy to kill. Read more of Aphids and how to control them.

Japanese Beetles – nasty little greenish coloured beetles that will devour the leaves of your plant until all that is left is the veins. They can consume a plant in about a day if they are not controlled. Read more about how to identify and control them.

Mealybugs – small white soft body cotton like bugs that like sucking the sap from the leaves of the plant. They are easy to control and you can read more about them here.

Spider Mites – Microscopic spiders that are very hard to see without a magnifying glass. This is another common garden pest that will suck the sap out of the leaves. Read more about controlling them here.

Diseases on Weigela florida

Anthracnose – small brown spots will appear on the older leaves towards the bottom and eventually the leaves will fall off. Sometimes anthracnose will appear as small brown sunken marks on the leaves.

To help control this disease, remove any infected branches and clean up soil of any debris.

Black Spot – If you see black spots on the leaves of your plants than it could be black spot disease. You will need to remove and clean up any infected areas and dispose of them n the garbage. You should also spray the plant with a fungicide to prevent it from coming back.

Botrytis – If it’s been cool and moist, you can get this gray mold developing on the leaves of your plant. It invades any weakened or dead plant tissue and will eventually invade the good health tissue of the plant. Using a fungicide will help with controlling this disease.

Powdery Mildew – if you see white fuzzy stuff on the leaves of your plant than you probably have powdery mildew. If it doesn’t get really bad I wouldn’t worry about it. If it starts taking over your plant you can apply a fungicide to help control it.

Rust – leaves of plants look like small light brown circles when it first appears and if not treated with a fungicide will continue to expand over the leaf until it kills the leaf and it falls off.

Uses in the landscape

Here are a few ways to use these amazing shrubs in your landscape

  • container plants
  • single yard specimen 
  • plant at the corner of your house
  • makes a great hedge
  • along a fence or deck
  • plant a few of them along a wall to break it up
  • attracts hummingbirds and pollinators

Keep checking back as I just might be adding more of these special plants to my landscape.

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