U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8b. Sunset climate zone 5

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Weigela 'Wine and Roses' in My Garden

Weigela florida 'Alexandra' 
deciduous shrub

Shiny burgundy foliage (called purple in some sources). Fall color: Maroon
Funnel-shaped dark pink flowers 1 1/4 in (3 sm) long
Blooms in late spring and early summer
Height and width  4-5 feet

Full sun to partial shade (Full sun recommended for best foliage color)
Well-drained soil (loamy, sandy, clay)
Hardy to -30 degrees F/ -35 degrees C
Zone: 4-9
Origin: North China, Korea.

What I like about this plant which grows in my garden since 2010:
-Wonderful accent plant
-Low maintenance plant. How to prune Weigela bushes: HERE
-Sporadically reblooms during summer
-Attracts hummingbirds
-I haven't seen any pests on it
-Moderate growth
-Adaptable to different types of soil.

What I don't like about this plant:
Its foliage color sometimes in summer, like in this June 2011 picture:

***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS


  1. I've noticed a few of them growing up here, will have to give them a try.

    Great shots.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  2. AnonymousJune 09, 2012

    I love the first picture with the weigelia and the little angel !Very nice colour that weigelia

  3. I liked the raised bed on the last photo, nice rounded shape! is a pity that Weigela does not grow here,
    it freezes up to the level of snow.

  4. That is a very pretty shrub! Beautiful photos with the little statue. I am happy to find your blog. I live in WA, too.

  5. Lovely pictures ! I wonder, if I coul grow weigela in my garden ....
    Have a beautiful sunday, Tanya !

  6. I have Dark Horse, which is a smaller version. I love the leaf color but it is a little more dull in the summer, darkens up again in the fall.


  7. One of the first shrubs we ever planted, terrific shots of it. You also get a variegated form.

  8. I've seen this at our local nursery before - that's so pretty covered in blooms! Maybe when it's bigger the foliage will look better in summer with having more of a presence?

  9. AnonymousJune 10, 2012

    Gorgeous series of shots, love the first one most, I like that little statue in the back ground. Thank you Tatyana, for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #34!

  10. I like the dainty flowers, but it might need to much water for my garden. Great composition in the first photo.

  11. That's a lovely plant, also like the colour of the leaves

  12. I searched earlier this year for a local source for this shrub. Amazingly, I could not find it. I still hope I may find one for planting this fall. I like both the flowers and foliage. Also, I would like to say WOW on your previous photos of the Japanese maple. These are just fantastic trees.

  13. I love Wine and Roses and all the other weigela cultivars available. I grow mine in part shade and the leaves stay dark. They are very easy to prune to fit a small space. Have you tried 'My Monet'? I love it.

  14. this is one plant I've always overlooked but do like the dark version you have here. Great profling of this plant and lovely long shot too. The weekly top shot link is new to me so thanks for that Tatyana

  15. I like how you describe what you like and don't like about the plants. Thanks so much.

  16. They look so much like a rhododendron very common flowering plant in my region.
    The only thing is that it is poisonous - wonder if it is the same thing with this plant - as the hints are that insects & pest are keeping away from this plant?
    (But I guess it should be as the hummingbirds visit this plant right?)

  17. I had one in VA, when my then puppy thought he needed a 'stick' to play with......entire shrub uprooted and destroyed. :-( He has settled down and no longer removes shrubs.

  18. This is a great plant. I've got the variegated Weigela in two spots in my gardens. I love that it looks great even after the blooms are finished.


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