Dwarf Weigelas are not large, at roughly half a metre. This makes them an excellent choice for a flower pot on your patio or balcony. If it gets too big for you, you can prune it down a bit after it first blooms.
If you buy deciduous shrubs in autumn they might not be looking quite as beautiful as usual. The big benefit of planting shrubs in autumn is that by spring they will be well rooted in the garden and ready to burst into growth.
|Latin name:||Weigela florida 'Pink Poppet'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||April - June|
|Growing Height:||50 - 60 cm|
|Planting distance:||60 - 70 cm|
What do I need?
- A trowel
- Garden peat and compost
First, place the Weigela in a bucket of lukewarm water. Add some garden peat and compost to a large pot, dig a hole and plant it. First place the plant in shade, and move it to an area in the sun for an hour longer each day, so that it can adapt.
In the garden
Weigelas love sun or half shade and nutrient-rich soil. Dig a planting hole and till the soil a bit, so that the roots can take hold quickly. Set the root ball at the proper height, so that the top is just below ground level. Fill the hole up with soil, garden peat and compost, and press firmly. Water the plant right away.
What do I need?
- Pruning shears
Cover the soil around the plant with compost in the winter; this makes more nutrients available to the lilac. A dwarf lilac needs extra water if it has been planted in a pot.
You can prune away the branches of your dwarf lilac after it blooms. Trim away all the branches that have bloomed down to the new growth. You can also prune off runaway growth from the roots.
The Weigela is a winter-hardy shrub that produces many flowers. Its compact size makes pruning unnecessary. The robust Weigela will blossom on last year’s growth. After it blooms, trim away about half of the old branches down to the new growth. If necessary, you can fully prune the Weigela after some time.
Weigela looks lovely in the shrubbery, or as a stand alone shrub, and even used as loose hedging. Weigela comes in all shapes and sizes and has several colours to choose from - from pastel shades, right through to bright colours like yellow, orange and red. There are variegated varieties, and species that may or may not grow compact. The shrubs are always abundant with lovely bell-shaped flowers. Easily pruned and make a pretty shrub or hedge.
With Weigela in the garden, you will have a colourful shrub that will look lovely right into the autumn. For a really pretty effect, try dotting them around the garden in several different places.
Weigela is classified under Caprifoliaceae, along with honeysuckle.