Weigela is a small genus of deciduous and summer flowering shrubs from eastern Asia particularly from China and Korea . These hardy and easy-to-maintain shrubs makes excellent accent plants for gardens and landscapes because of their lovely foliage and flowers.
Most species of Weigela are frost hardy and can also withstand drought and heat, thus, making a good choice for garden hedges or mix borders. Propagated from cuttings, Weigela grows quite quickly and requires regular pruning after every flowering season. The plant usually has a long flowering season that starts in late spring and continues till the mid of summer. The flowers of white, pink or red colors are quite showy and attract birds and butterflies.
Ideal growing conditions for Weigela are a sunny or semi-shaded spot, well-drained soil, lightly alkaline medium, and average moisture.
One of the most popular species form the genus is Weigela florida that grows as a deciduous shrub of 1 to 3 meters. There are a lot of cultivars and verities of Weigela in cultivation, majorly grown for rich foliage. Popular varieties include:
Weigela florida ‘Candida’: Popular variety with bright-green leaves and beautiful white flowers.
W. florida ‘Polka’: Profuse bloomer with deep-pink flowers in spring and summer.
W. florida ‘Variegata’: Perhaps the most popular variety with compact and mound-forming habit; green leaves with white margins. Flowers are rose-pink.
W. florida ‘White Knight’: Compact shrub with white flowers throughout the summer.