Recognizing Different Varieties of Weigela

Weigela plants are old-fashioned shrubs that are becoming popular once again. There are many new varieties available to gardeners. Some boast features such as variegated or purple foliage, dwarf growth, and yellow, white and lavender flowers.  

This plant can add a lot to your landscaping because the branches look good all year long, and the flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Weigelas can tolerate a wide range of pH and soil types, and don't require a lot of maintenance. You can even use them to create hedges and hide unattractive elements in your yard.

Carnaval Weigela

This plant is a shrub that produces a large amount of pink flower buds. After they blossom, the flowers are dark red, white and pink in color, and shaped like little trumpets. The leaves are deep green and very textured. This is a beautiful landscape plant that grows 4 to 5 feet tall, and 3 to 5 feet wide. You can even prune the plant to grow upright. This variety is very easy to plant and maintain. It prefers sandy, well-drained soil in a variety of different conditions. It requires a lot of sun and a moist soil.  

Dark Horse Weigela

This variety is fairly new. It's a compact plant with dark purple leaves and pink flowers. This variety of weigela is unique compared to its relatives. The plant looks best in late spring when planted next to conifers and broadleaf evergreens. It attracts hummingbirds as well.

This flowering deciduous shrub is perfect for a landscape, as it keeps its color all season long. It's easy to grow and adaptable to most conditions.  

Weigela Minuet

This plant is a dwarf variety that was developed in Canada. It has green and purple leaves, and produces flowers that have a slight fragrance. The corolla is red and the petal lobes are lilac purple. The throat of the flower is yellow.

This variety is stronger than the other dwarf plants. It has a compact and rounded shape that looks nice in many landscapes. It also attracts bees, butterflies and birds.  

Pink Poppet Weigela

This plant is great if you want to add some ground cover to your garden. It doesn't grow very tall and spreads well. This plant is a dwarf variety that's dense and rounded in shape.

A deciduous shrub that produces pink flowers that pop up in June, the plant re-blooms as a lighter color in late summer. It produces emerald green foliage all season that looks beautiful against the flowers. You can grow this plant in medium soil that is well drained.  

Although they requires a lot of sun, weigelas can take small amounts of shade.  

Whatever variety of weigela you decide to plant in your garden, they should add a lot of color and vibrancy to your landscaping. These plants are easy to maintain, and are a simple way to infuse your garden with beauty and detail.