In late spring, cascades of flowers erupting from Weigela florida brightens up gardens. The dense, rounded shrub is a landscape favorite, featuring profuse clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers in various shades of pink that arch toward the ground on long stems. In early spring, the foliage emerges first, offering an early pop of color before bursting into bloom in the weeks before summer and continuing through the summer season.
An ornamental shrub, weigela is native to North China, Korea, and Japan but was imported to Europe in the 1800s. The pink blooms of weigela have historically been associated with grace and faithfulness. Today, this hardy member of the Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle) family is indispensable as a landscape plant, often used in borders and massings.
There are more than three dozen species of Weigela florida, in an array of different sizes, a wide range of foliage colors, and featuring funnel-shaped flowers in a handful of hues. Because weigela foliage ranges from striking variegation to deep purple, it can be used to add visual interest in the garden beyond bloom season.