Weigela florida 'Minuet'
A very compact dwarf form of Weigela which was developed & released by Agricultural Canada. Has shown itself to have much better cold hardiness than most dwarf Weigela forms. Blooms have the classic trumpet shape of all Weigela cultivars, with the primary color being a very dark pink......almost red color. The throat of each bloom is a creamy yellow color, and slightly fragrant. Foliage is very dense, dark green with slight purple tinge, and slightly smaller than most typical Weigela varieties.
Slow to moderate growth rate, and excellent hardiness also make this variety very desirable for many landscape applications. Compact growth habit which requires less trimming & maintenance than many Weigela varieties. Makes a great dwarf sized selection to just about any perennial flower garden, great as a foundation or foreground planting. Even looks nice when planted in group settings. Blooming period can be prolonged by removal of old, expired flower heads.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: 2 - 3 ft
--Mature Width: 2 - 4 ft.
--Growth Rate: Slow to moderate ( 4" - 6" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones: 4 - 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: Nice dark green foliage - slightly smaller than most Weigela varieties. Heavy, somewhat leathery leaf texture. Leaves are dark green with tinges of purple - purple in intensifies during the fall.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Flower blooms are trumpet shaped, typical of most Weigela varieties ( approx 1 1/4" in length ). Color is very dark pink - almost a reddish color with a creamy yellow / white throat. 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.