Weigela florida 'Brigela' French Lace (tm)
An outstanding variegated full sized Weigela cultivar which was developed & produced by French plant breeder Andre Briant in 1999. Blooms have the classic trumpet shape of all Weigela cultivars, with the primary color being a very bright red - easily as red as any other red flowered Weigela variety we have ever seen. The throat of each bloom fades to a dark pink, and is slightly fragrant. Foliage is outstanding in color - nice medium green color with bright yellow variegation / margins. The biggest differences between French Lace Weigela, and the much more commonly seen Variegated Weigela is the much more colorful foliage ( yellow variegation versus cream color ), as well as the much, much darker flowers ( red color versus the pastel pink found on Variegated Weigela ).
Moderate to fast growth rate, and awesome colors make this variety very desirable for many landscape applications. This Weigela variety grows very fast, and may occasionally need some trimming / pruning to maintain a good overall shrub shape. Makes a great full sized selection to just about any perennial flower garden, great as a foundation planting. Even looks nice when mass planted. Blooming period can be prolonged by removal of old, expired flower heads.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: up to 6 ft
--Mature Width: 4 - 6 ft.
--Growth Rate: Moderate to fast ( 6" - 12" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
--Soil Preference: Average to slightly sandy - very adaptable. Soil must be well drained though. Mulch well in fall & winter.
--Foliage Color & Texture: Best variegation of any Weigela cultivar - medium green base with bright yellow variegation / margins. Heavy, somewhat leathery leaf texture.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Flower blooms are trumpet shaped, typical of most Weigela varieties ( approx 1 1/2" in length ). Color is bright red - fading to a very dark pink in the throat of the bloom. Occasionally will produce seed capsules containing mainly unwinged seeds.
--Diseases / Insects: No serious diseases or pests have been reported.
--Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.