A Weigela for foliage and flowers – Weigela florida Foliis Purpureis
With purple to bronze foliage and mid to deep pink flowers, Weigela florida Foliis Purpureis is a plant that adds both flowers and foliage to the garden.
Foliage colour does depend a little on position with the colour being more intense where the plant receives more sun.
The flowers are trumpet shapes to around 5 cm long and appear in clusters from spring well into summer.
This is a plant that flowers on long arching canes, so give it a position where it has the room to grow in its natural graceful habit.
Excellent in the garden border, either used as a background plant or planted towards the format as a feature to break the lines.
Best grown in a humus rich well drained soil in full sun to a little shade. In warmer climates try for a position with some afternoon shade.
This is a frost tolerant plant and will reach around 1.5 – 2 metres in height with a similar spread.
Mulch around the plant to help retain some moisture through summer.
Best pruned after flowering. Simply deadhead as a tidy up each year. This will keep the attractive arching habit which adds to the appeal of the plant.
After a few years you can prune back some of the oldest canes. Try about 1/3 each year and take them right back to the ground. This promotes strong new growth and better flowering.
Weigela florida Foliis Purpureis is available for sale from the following nurseries
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