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: Either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular ( Holly Tone is excellent ). Other granular types with 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio is acceptable. Feeding is recommended anytime that the plant is not in dormancy - especially throughout the spring & early summer. Be careful feeding in the heat of mid summer though, as risk of fertilizer burn is greatest at that time. Occasional feedings can even be applied right up through fall.