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Located in St.Wendel, Minnesota

12261 County Road 4, Avon Mn 56310

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FLOWERING SHRUBS


HARDINESS MAP

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BURNING BUSH

Burning bush are common landscape shrubs sometimes used for hedges.  The name comes from the brilliant fall color that resembles a shrub on fire.  They can be trimmed at any time to control the size and shape. 

Bruning BushBURNING BUSH, STANDARD (Euonymus alatus) Height: 10’, Width: 8’-12’.  Full sun to full shade.  Known for its unique, winged corky bark (which is where the name, "winged Euonymus" is derived from).  A large rounded shrub with narrow dark green leaves and a medium growth rate.  Fall color is best in full sun where it develops an intense brilliant red coloration, but will be more burgundy in shaded areas.  Much more winter hardy than the dwarf form.  Prefers well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

CHOKEBERRY

Chokeberry are often confused with chokecherry.  Chokeberries are not part of cherry family.  They produce fruit in clusters of 3/8" diameter berries.  Trim when dormant to preserve the flowering and fruiting characteristics.

Glossy Black ChokeberryGLOSSY BLACK (Aronia melanocarpa var. elata) Height: 4’-6’, Width: 4’-6’.  Full sun to part shade.  A hardy rounded shrub with glossy green leaves.  Clusters of small white flowers in spring produce 3/8” purplish-black berries in late summer.  Fall foliage is a brilliant red.  Best on well drained soils.  Studies into the antioxidant properties of the berries are still inconclusive, with some studies indicating health benefits and others indicating little or no benefit from their consumption.  Growing zones 3 to 7.

DOGWOOD

Dogwood are easy to grow shrubs useful for foundation planting, screening, hedging, and naturalizing.  These fast growing shrubs are most noted for their brilliant colored stems in winter, but all dogwood produce berries that the birds will consume in summer and fall.  Dogwood can be trimmed at any time to control the shape and size.  Best growth will be realized in average to moist soils, and partial sun to full sun.  Some varieties will grow in complete shade with a corresponding reduction in growth rate and density. 

Garden Glow DogwoodGARDEN GLOW  (Cornus hessei 'Garden Glow')  Height:  4'-5', Width:  4'-5'.  Shade to part shade.  Bright chartreuse foliage glows in shady areas.  Clusters of small white flowers in summer produce white to pale blue berries.  Red stems add contrast to the bright foliage.  In mild extended fall periods the leaves turn rosy red to burgundy. In heavy shde the leaves will be deeper green.  Brightest foliage color is present when given a couple hours of sun.  Prefers even, moisture retentive soil.  Growing zones 2 to 7.

Ivory Halo DogwoodIVORY HALO (Cornus alba ‘Bailhalo’) Height: 5’-6’, Width: 5’-6’.  Full sun to part shade.  A compact rounded shrub with green leaves edged in creamy-white.  White flowers in summer followed by white berries.  Maroon stems add winter interest in the landscape.  Smaller and more compact than Variegated Dogwood.  It can suffer from leaf spotting due to humid conditons or where air circulation is poor.  Best on moisture retentive soils.  Growing zones 3 to 7.   

Pagoda DogwoodPAGODA (Cornus alternifolia) Height: 15’-20’, Width: 15’-20’.  Full sun to full shade.  A lesser known native dogwood with a unique horizontal branching similar to Japanese architecture.  Clusters of pale yellow flowers in early summer produce blue berries in late summer that are highly sought after by birds.  An often overlooked choice for form and flower.  Average moisture to wet conditions.  Growing zones 4 to 7.  

Red Twig DogwoodRED TWIG (Cornus baileyi) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 8’-10’.  Full sun to full shade.  A fast growing, large rounded native shrub with medium green leaves and deep reddish maroon-stems.  Clusters of small white flowers produce small white berries in late summer.  The birds are fond of the berries and will consume them soon after they ripen.  An excellent choice for winter impact in the landscape.  Can be trimmed to maintain size and increase density, and makes an excellent option for larger screens and hedges.  Fall foliage is a red-purple.  Best in soils that stay moist.  Growing zones 2 to 7.   

Variegated DogwwodVARIEGATED (Cornus alba ‘Argenteo-marginata’) Height: 6’-10’, Width: 6’-10’.  Full sun to part shade.  A large fast growing shrub with medium green leaves edged in creamy white.  Maroon stems contrast nicely with the variegated foliage.  Small white flowers produce tiny white berries.  Does not exhibit leaf spot problems like Ivory Halo.  Best in moist soils.  Growing zones 3 to 7.   

ELDERBERRY

Black Lace ElderberryBLACK LACE  (Sambucus nigra 'Eva')  Height:  8'-10', Width: 8'-10'.  Full sun to part shade.  Dark purple foliage that is finely cut, making it an excellent alternative for anyone who wishes to have the look of a Japanese maple.  Pink buds open to lacy white blossoms on May to June.  Tiny blackish-red berries ripen in September, and are favored by birds, and can be used for winemaking and jellies as well.  Prefers moist, well drained soils.  Growing zones 4 to 7.  Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

HYDRANGEA

Our hydrangea can be divided into two types:  Smooth Hydrangea which we treat as a perennial, and panicle types (identified by the word 'paniculata' in the botanical name), which do not get trimmed to the ground.  All hydrangea perform best in moisture retentive soils, and can be grown in full sun if an even supply of water is provided.  Hydrangea prefer a slightly acidic soil, but using fertilizers that increase acidity will not change the color of the flowers on the varieties that we carry.  Trim the panicle types in spring before bud break, removing the old flower heads to clean them up, or more aggressively to control the size and shape.

Annabelle HydrangeaANNABELLE (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’) Height: 3’-4’, Width: 4’-5’.  Full sun to full shade.  Large clusters of white flowers adorn this plant in July and August.  An old fashioned favorite that is hardy and vigorous.  We treat it as a perennial by cutting the stems to the ground in spring.  Prefers well drained, moist soils in part sun.  Can be grown in full sun if it is not planted against a wall where the suns heat will reflect back onto the plant.  Growing zones 3 to 9.  

Bobo HydrangeaBOBO (Hydrangea paniculata 'ILVOBO')  Height: 2.5'-3', Width: 3'-4'.  Full sun to part shade.  A dwarf panicle hydrangea that is engulfed in large white flower clusters in summer.  The flowers are held upright on strong stems, and continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom.  Perfect for smaller spaces and sure to turn heads.  Best on well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.

Diamond Rouge HydrangeaDIAMOND ROUGE (Hydrangea paniculata 'Rendia')  Height:  4' - 5', Width:  3' - 4'.  Full sun to part shade.  The reddest panicle hydrangea on the market.  Long lasting flowers on strong stems start white and progress through shades of pink and finally wine red.  Colors earlier than other deep pink varieites.  Best on loamy, moist but well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

Incrediball HydrangeaINCREDIBALL  (Hydrangea Arborescens 'Abetwo')  Height:  4' - 5', Width:  4' - 5'.  Full sun to part shade.  In midsummer greenish white blooms begn to develop, eventually turning brilliant white before turning green in early fall.  Sturdy stems support blooms that are larger than those of 'Annabelle'.Medium green oval leaves contrast with the flowers.  Best on well drained, but not dry soils.  Trim in early spring to near the ground to promote better flowerng.  Growing zones 3 to 8.

Limelight HydrangeaLIMELIGHT  (Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight')  Height: 6'-8', Width: 5'-7'.  Full sun to part shade.  Limelight has bright lime-green to cream colored cone shaped flower clusters, adding brightness to the late summer landscape.  Sturdy stems hold the flower panicles upright with less tendency to droop or lay on the ground.  In fall the flowers show shades of pink, burgundy, and green.  Best on loamy, moist well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

Little Lime HydrangeaLITTLE LIME  (Hydrangea paniculata 'Jane')  Height: 3'-5', Width: 3'-5'.  Full sun to part shade.  A dwarf form of 'Limelight' hydrangea for smaller areas, that is about one-third the size of 'Limelight'.  Stunning, brilliant lime green flower panicles that gently blush to pink in late summer are produced on strong stems that resist flopping.  Best on loamy, moist well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.    

Little Quickfire HydrangeaLITTLE QUICKFIRE (HYdrangea paniculata 'SMHPLQF')  Height; 3'-5', Width:  3'-5'.  Full sun to part shade.  A smaller version of the popular 'Quickfire', Little Quickfire possesses the same flowering and growing characteristics of its larger brother in a smaller, more compact form.  Trim in late winter or early spring.  Performs best on well drained soils.  Growing zones 4 to 8.

Quick Fire HydragneaQUICK FIRE  (Hydrangea paniculata 'Bulk'):  Height:  6'-8', Width: 6'-8', full sun to part shade.  The earliest blooming hydrangea we carry, producing flowers a full month earlier than other panicle types.  The flowers emerge white beforing turning a rich full pink before late varieties even begin flowering.  The flower panicles are more open, meaning they do not droop and lay on the ground.  Also available in tree form.  Growing zones 4 to 8.

 

Strawbery Sundae HydrangeaSTRAWBERRY SUNDAE (Hydrangea paniculata 'Rensun')  Height: 4'-5', Width:  3'-4', Full sun to part shade.  Similiar to 'Vanilla-Strawberry' hydragnea, but with one notable exception, its more compact habit.  Flowers emerge creamy white in mid-summer, changing to pink and finally turning nearly strawberry red.  Makes an excellent cut flower.  Growing zones 4 to 8.

 

LILAC

Lilacs are classic landscape choices for hedges and screens.  Smaller varieties are also excellent choices for foundation and specimen planting.  Lilacs will perform best in well drained soils and full sun, but can be grown where they will receive a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of direct sun.  Trimming lilac must be done within 4 to 5 weeks after blooming has finished, otherwise the flower bud for the following season may be removed and next seasons flowering diminished.

Common Purple LilacCOMMON PURPLE (Syringa vulgaris)  Height: 12’-15’, Width: 8’-12’.  Full sun to part shade.  The classic lilac, Common Purple produces the most fragrant flowers of any lilac.  Lavender-purple flowers on a medium growth rate plant.  Often used for hedges, it can be sheared immediately after blooming to control size and shape.  Best in well drained soils.  Growing zones 2 to 7.     

Common White LilacCOMMON WHITE ( Syringa vulgaris var. alba) Height: 12’-15’, Width: 8’-12’.  Full sun to part shade.  A vigorous growing white flowered version of the old fashioned favorite.  Flowers are as fragrant as common purple lilac, and provide an excellent contrast to darker colored lilacs.  Best in full sun and well drained soils.  Growing zones 2 to 7.    

Dwarf Korean LilacDWARF KOREAN (Syringa meyeri ‘Paliban’) Height: 4’-5’, Width: 5’-7’.  Full sun to part shade.  A compact and dense rounded form with small deep green foliage.  Flowers emerge 1 week later than common lilacs.  Profuse clusters of red-purple buds open to spicy, fragrant, single, lavender flowers.  Best in well drained soils.  Does not sucker like common lilacs do.  Growing zones 3 to 7.    

Miss Kim LilacMISS KIM (Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 6’-8’.  Full sun to part shade.  A hardy fast growing lilac with fragrant lavender flower clusters.  Foliage is a glossy deep green turning burgundy in fall.  Leaves are larger than those on Dwarf Korean Lilac.  Does not sucker like common lilacs.  Best in well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 7.  

Monge LilacMONGE (Syringa vulgaris’Monge’) Height: 10’-12’, Width: 8’-12’.  Full sun to part shade.  Showy panicles of single red-purple flowers are held on long stems perfect for cutting.  Flower clusters are fragrant.  Can be mixed with other colors of lilacs to create an outstanding contrast of colors.  Prefers well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 7.

Montaigne LilacMONTAINGE (Syringa vulgaris 'Montaigne')  Height:  8'-10', Width: 8'-12'.  Full sun.  One of the most stunning lilacs when in full bloom that must be seen to be appreciated!  An upright growing plant with large pale lilac-pink double flowers creating panicles that are full and blocky.  The flower panicle is perfect for cutting, with its full form and moderate fragrance.  An excellent selection for a specimen lilac.  Performs best on well drained soils, and can tolerate drier sites once established.  Growing zones 3 to 7. 

Sensation LilacSENSATION (Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 8’-10’.  Full sun to part shade.  Perhaps the most unique lilac you have ever seen!  Deep purple single flowers are edged in white. Does not have the fragrance of other lilac varieties.  Slightly slower growing and smaller than other lilac varieties, and less likely to send up suckers.  An ideal choice for a specimen lilac where a unique variety is desired. Prefers well drained soils, and can tolerate drier sites once established. Growing zones 3 to 7.    

Wonderblue LilacWONDERBLUE (Syringa vulgaris ‘Wonderblue’) Height: 4’-5’, Width: 5’-6’.  Full sun to part shade.  A Father Fiala introduction that is very compact.  Unique true sky-blue single flowers adorn this excellent variety.  Because of its smaller size, it can be used where other lilacs would be too large.  Perfect for foundation planting and for small areas where a lilac is desired.  Not as fragrant as other varieties.  Performs best in full sun and well drained soils, but has a degree of drought tolerance once established.  Growing zones 3 to 7.  

WEDGEWOOD BLUE  

Yankee Doodle LilacYANKEE DOODLE (Syringa vulgaris ‘Yankee Doodle’) Height: 8’, Width: 8’.  Full sun to part shade.  Another Father Fiala introduction, this is among the deepest and darkest of the purples. A profuse bloomer with large clusters on an upright plant.  Moderately fragrant flowers are excellent for cutting.  Best on well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 7.     

POTENTILLA

Potentilla are easy to grow, compact shrubs with one of the longest bloom periods of any flowering shrub.  They may be used as a specimen, or planted as a hedge.  The key to keeping your potentilla looking neat and clean is to trim aggresively first thing in spring.  Trim 1/4 to 1/2 of the plant before it begins to leaf out to remove the old dried flowers and shape the plant.  The new growth produced by trimming will result in many more flowers and a neat clean plant with a more consistent shape.

Abbotswood PotentillaABBOTSWOOD (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Abbotswood’) Height: 2’-3’, Width: 2’-3’.  Full sun to part shade.  Pure white 1" flowers bloom from early summer to late fall.  Foliage is a medium green with a slight tinge of blue.  Trim aggressively in early spring for best flowering.  Can also be used for hedging. Growing zones 2 to 7.   

Lemon Meringue PotentillaLEMON MERINGUE (FIRST EDITIONS):  (Potentilla fruticosa "Bailmeringue'):  Height:  2'-3', Width:  2'-3'.  Full sun to part shade.  A unique potentilla with light yellow double flowers that are a bit reminiscent of tiny roses.  Produces flowers all summer long on a compact, rounded plant.  Best on well drained soils.  Growing zones 2 to 6.  Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

Mango Tango PotentillaMANGO TANGO (Potentilla fruticosa ‘UMan’) Height: 2’, Width: 2’.  Full sun to part shade.  Unusual bicolor flowers display orange centers radiating out from the center over a base of deep yellow.  Colors may be more subdued in warm temperatures.  A very compact variety with soft green foliage. Trim aggressively in early spring for best flowering. Growing zones 2 to 7.  

McKays White PotentillaMcKAYS WHITE (Potentilla fruticosa ‘McKay’s White) Height: 2’-3’, Width: 2’-3’.  Full sun to part shade.  Creamy white flowers over medium green foliage.  Stems are held more upright than Abbotswood potentilla.  Trim in early spring to produce best flowering.  Blooms from early summer to fall.  Growing zones 2 to 7.  

PRUNUS (CHERRY)

The prunus family of shrubs is quite varied in their characteristics, with some grown for foliage color and others grown for fruit production.  They should be grown in full sun and well drained soils for best performance.  Trim while dormant to preserve fruit production, or after flowering if it is a variety that does not fruit.

Purple Leaf SandcherryCISTENA – PURPLE LEAF SANDCHERRY (Prunus x cistena) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 8’.  Full sun to part shade.  An upright rounded shrub with deep maroon leaves and light pink flowers in spring.  Best foliage color is produced on new growth.  Can be trimmed aggressively in spring to encourage new growth.  Best in well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.    

Nanking CherryTOMENTOSA - NANKING CHERRY  (Prunus tomentosa)  Height:  8'-10', Width 10'.  Full sun to part shade.  A hardy and vigorous large growing shrub that produces bright red 1/3” diameter cherries in mid-July.  Self fertile, requires no pollinator.  Can be used for jellies, but may also be eaten fresh if you beat the birds to them.  Performs best on well drained soils.  Growing zones 2 to 6.  

SMOKEBUSH

Golden Spirit SmokebushGOLDEN SPIRIT (Continus coggygria 'Ancot')  Height:  8', Width: 6'.  Full sun to part shade.  New foliage emerges bright yellow with just a touch of red.  Smoky yellow flowers appear in June and July, followed by a fiery red-orange foliage color, changing from the bottom up.  Very effective when planted next to burgundy foliaged plants such as Cistena Sandcherry, Diabolo Ninebark, and Black Lace Elderberry.  A unique choice for a specimen plant in the landscape or shrub border.   Prefers well drained soils.  Growing zones 4 to 8. 

 

Grace SmokebushGRACE SMOKEBUSH  (Cotinus 'Grace')  Height:  10'-15', Width: 10'-15'.  Full sun.  A cross of The European smoke bush and the American smoke tree, this unique plant has rounded foliage that emerges reddish burgundy in spring, gradually turning to a deep blusish-green overlaid with red later in the growing season.  In early to midsummer, pinkish tinged fine clouds of flowers appear, giving the appearance of smoke.  This variety has proven to be hardy in our nursery over the last 15 years.  Requires well drained soil.  Growing zones 4 to 9.

SPIREA

Spirea are easy to grow choices for foundation, specimen and hedge planting.  Trimming of spirea can be done in spring before the plants break dormancy (except for Renaissance Spirea), and after the first set of flowers are spent.  Trimming immediately in spring can be as aggresive as cutting to a few inches from the ground, or simply a light trimming to shape the plant.  After the first set of flowers have finished blooming, a light trimming of a couple inches to remove the spent flowers will produce a second set of flowers in late summer.  Spireas will perform best with 4 hours or more of sun, although Little Pricess can tolerate full shade.  Avoid excessively wet,heavy soils.

Anthony Waterer SpireaANTHONY WATERER (Spiraea x bulmalda ‘Anthony Waterer’)  Height: 3’, Width 4’-5’.  Full sun to part shade.  A wide mounded form with 4" to 6" rosy pink flower clusters in June and July.  Will produce a second flush of flowers it the first set is removed when done blooming.  Slightly more coarse in texture and has a less mounded shape than other spireas.  The foliage is a dark green in summer turning burgundy in fall.  Not particular to soils.  Can be used to create a flowering hedge of moderate height.  Growing zones 4 to 8.  

Goldflame SpireaGOLDFLAME (Spiraea x bulmalda ‘Goldflame’)  Height: 3’-4’, Width: 4’-5’.  Full sun to part shade.  Brilliant red new foliage changes to golden yellow and then to green.  Deep reddish-pink flower clusters in summer.  Fall foliage turns a rusty red orange.  Will grow in most soils except for dry, sandy soils and wet, heavy conditions.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

Goldmound SpireaGOLDMOUND (Spiraea ‘Goldmound’) Height: 2’, Width: 3’-4’.  Full sun to part shade.  A bushy plant with bright yellow-green foliage and light pink flower clusters.  Foliage will turn green if not given enough sunlight.  Excellent for mass plantings and informal hedges.  The brilliant colored foliage will attract everyone's attention.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

Little Princess SpireaLITTLE PRINCESS (Spiraea japonica ‘Little Princess’) Height: 2’, Width: 3’-4’.  Full sun to full shade.  An easy to grow and maintain flowering shrub with a compact mounded form.  Small mint green leaves and clusters of light pink flowers adorn this plant.  Fall foliage turns a deep green-purple.  Can be used to create small, informal hedges.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

Magic Carpet SpireaMAGIC CARPET (Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’) Height: 2’, Width: 3’-4’.  Full sun to part shade.  Vibrant red foliage emerges in spring, turning chartreuse in summer.  Deep rose-pink flower clusters are produced in summer, and fall foliage is a rusty red-orange.  A good choice for small spaces where the color of Goldflame Spirea is desired, but a smaller plant is required.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

Renaissance SpireaRENAISSANCE (Spiraea x vanhoutei ‘Renaissance’) Height: 5’-7’, Width: 6’-8’.  Full sun to part shade.  Similar to the old fashioned Bridalwreath, but slightly smaller, Renaissance has more disease resistant foliage than Bridalwreath.  A fast growing shrub with small white flowers that are borne profusely along the cascading stems in early summer.  Fall foliage is red-orange.  Is sometimes used for hedging and screening.  Requires well drained soils, and will perform poorly if kept too wet.  Growing zones 3 to 7.   

VIBURNUM (CRANBERRY)

Viburnum are more commonly known as cranberry.  They can be used for specimen, screening and hedging, and foundation planting where space permits.  All cranberry produce flowers in spring and berries that ripen in late summer and fall.  Trimming is best performed after the flowers have finished blooming, although they can be trimmmed at any time with a corresponding loss of flower and/or fruit.  Cranberry prefer moisture retentive soil, and can be grown in full shade to full sun unless otherwise noted. 

American Highbush CranberryAMERICAN HIGHBUSH (Viburnum trilobum)  Height: 10’-12’, Width: 10’-12’.  Full sun to full shade.  Better known as American Highbush Cranberry.  A large hardy native shrub with lobed leaves and clusters of white flowers in spring.  Red berries last well into winter and are edible.  Fall color is a deep red to maroon.  Can be used for screening and hedges, as well as a specimen.  Prefers moist conditions, and will not perform well in dry, light soils.  Growing zones 2 to 7.  

Arrowwood ViburnumARROWWOOD (Viburnum dentatum)  Height: 10’-12’, Width: 10’-12’.  Full sun to part shade.  A large native shrub with deep green lustrous foliage.  Clusters of white flowers in spring produce tiny blue berries in fall that are excellent for wildlife.  Fall foliage color is a yellow and not as effective as highbush or Dwarf American Cranberry.  More adaptable than other Viburnums, it will tolerate light soils, but performs best in evenly moist conditions.  Can be used for hedging and screening.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

Dwarf American CranberryDWARF AMERICAN (Viburnum trilobum compacta) Height: 6’-8’, Width 5’-7’.  Full sun to full shade.  A compact form of American Highbush Cranberry with a dense, oval-rounded form.  Foliage emerges medium green with a reddish-burgundy tint, turning various shades of reds and burgundy in fall.  Bright red fruit persists through the winter.  Does not require trimming to produce a nearly perfect form. Produces fewer flowers and berries than the highbush form.   Can be used to create mid-height hedges because of its dense form.  Prefers average to moist soils.  Growing zones 2 to 7.     

Mohican ViburnumMOHICAN (Viburnum lantana ‘Mohican’) Height: 6’-8’, Width: 6’-8 ’.  Full sun to part shade.  Leathery foliage appears medium green on top with silvery-green undersides. An upright-rounded plant that produces white flat topped flowers in spring.  Berries turn from red to black in late summer, and persist through the winter.  Much more tolerant of drier conditions than other viburnums.  An often overlooked variety with disease resistant foliage that rarely displays any disfiguring spots or marks.  Growing zones 3 to 7.  

NannyberryNANNYBERRY (Viburnum lentago)  Height:  15', Width:  10'.  Full sun to full shade.  A fast growing large native shrub tolerant of wet conditions.  Glossy green leaves turn brilliant red in fall.  Clusters of small white flowers produce 1/3 in long berries that ripen to purplish-black.  The berries are edible, tasting like dates when fully ripe.  An excellent large shrub for birds, providing cover and a source of food.  Growing zones 2 to 8.  Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

WEIGELA

Weigela (pronounced why-gee-lah) are among the most varied flowering shrubs, with a wide variety of plant sizes, foliage colors, flowers colors and bloom habits.  Weigela will perform best with 4 or more hours of sun on well drained soils.  Trim Weigela after the first set of flowers has been spent.  For reblooming types, you can also trim in early spring with a corresponding reduction in flowering.

Huls Select WeigelaHULS SELECT (Weigela florida)  Height: 4'-5', Width: 4'-5'.  Full sun to part shade.  A seedling found growing here at the nursery.  Outstanding dark glossy maroon leaves on a rounded form.  Faster growing than Java Red Weigela, this selection features intense reddish pnk flowers with some rebloom in late summer. Grows on most soils, but like other weigelas will not tolerate excessively wet conditions.  Growing zones 4 to 8.  

Java Red WeigelaJAVA RED (Weigela florida ‘Java Red’) Height: 3’-4’, Width: 4’-5’.  Full sun to part shade.  A compact mounded form with deep green leaves that are tinted maroon.  Pink trumpet shaped flowers appear in late spring.  Does not rebloom.  Fall foliage color is insignificant.  Best in well drained soils.  Avoid heavy, wet conditions.  Growing zones 4 to 8.  

Polka WeigelaPOLKA (Weigela florida ‘Polka’) Height: 4’-5’, Width: 4’-5’.  Full sun to part shade.  A 'dance' series weigela with attractive clear pink flowers with a yellow throat are produced in late spring, sporadically through the summer and again in fall.  A prolific flowering selection that has a more upright form than other weigela varieties.  Dark green foliage has a subtle tint of blue.  Slower growing than other weigelas 'Polka' will benefit from pruning to create a more dense plant.  Avoid wet soils.  Growing zones 4 to 8.  

Rumba WeigelaRUMBA (Weigela florida ‘Rumba’) Height 4’, Width 4’.  Full sun to part shade.  A compact Weigela from the 'dance' series with bronze-purple tinged leaves and dark pink flowers with a yellow throat.  Perhaps the most floriferous of the weigelas, blooming on and off all summer long.  Very receptive to shearing.  Best in well drained soils.  Growing zones 4 to 8.  

White Knight WeigelaWHITE KNIGHT (Weigela florida ‘White Knight’) Height: 5’-6’, Width: 4’-5’. Full sun to part shade.  A fast growing green leafed Weigela with pink flower buds opening to pure white in late spring.  May produce a partial rebloom in late summer.  Flower buds are similar in appearance to Azalea flower buds.  Provides a nice contrast when planted with Red Prince Weigela.  May suffer dieback after severe winters. Growing zones 4 to 8.