Hardy Planting Zone: 3-9
Bloom Season: Early Spring to Late Summer
Bloom Color: Pink
Height at Maturity: up to 5’
Soil Type Preferred: moist, well-drained soils
Sun or Shade: Full sun and partial sun
The Pink Weigela (pronounced ‘why-gee-luh’) is a welcome sight to gardeners as it is often the first bloom as the spring season begins.
This upright growing habit, also a member of the honeysuckle family, produces clusters of pink tubular-shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies alike. While this variety can thrive in either full sun or shade, it is essential to note that it does not do well in the hottest regions if considering a full sun placement. While it is highly tolerant of heat, it requires consistent watering to perform at its best. This shrub requires moisture, soil, and consistent watering during its first season to become well established and to mature to its showy best.
The Pink Weigela is a moderate to fast grower gaining up to 18” a year in new growth.
This hardy shrub can grow as wide as it is tall, so consider the appropriate spacing when introducing this beauty into your garden design. There are many varieties to consider, and each variety puts forth attractive, brilliant foliage that offers significant contrasts within your garden and landscape areas. The foliage, whether that of a deep, purplish hue or a bright, nearly glowing green, is the perfect backdrop for the pink blooms that also vary in color depth. The long blooming season makes this a preferred garden choice for the zones indicated.
This old-fashioned favorite has undoubtedly won over gardeners of all skill levels as it requires little tending. The bold statement made by this shrub cannot be emphasized enough. The satisfaction you will realize by seeing the nectar-loving hummingbirds and butterflies that flock to enjoy these at your location is truly worth it! As you begin your plantings planning or enhancing existing plantings in your yard, we can assure you that you will not be disappointed by this long-life, hardy shrub.