November 24, 2017

Humming Along

Weigela florida

Janine Pineo Photo | Weigela florida

Weigela florida

Janine Pineo Photo | Weigela florida

If you want to wow the hummingbirds, plant Weigela florida, a shrub that can easily top 6 to 9 feet in height with all of its branches covered in blossoms. Pictured is an unknown red variety that has been in the ground since 1994 and shows no signs of stopping. If anything, it is taller every year, and in late spring-early summer it simply drips with those funnel-shaped flowers that hummingbirds can’t get enough of. Without the flowers, it is a bit scrubby looking, but one can forgive a lot for those couple of weeks when it is on fire with flowers. With most varieties generally hardy to Zone 4, weigela is an Asian find. In fact, Weigela florida was the first weigela gathered for the Western world and sent back to England in 1845.