Weigela ‘French Lace’

by Everchanging Gardener

in Weigela

Weigela French Lace BloomingHeight: 1.25 m (4 feet)
Spread: 1.25 m (4 feet)
Bloom: deep rosy red, funnel shaped
Exposure: full sun
Foliage: bright green with yellow edges

Pluses: long bloom, foliage colour, attracts hummingbirds

Weigela are an old-fashioned plant but newer varieties are showing up every year. French Lace is a tall cultivar with variegated foliage and deep rosy red flowers. French Lace provides a bright accent in any garden. It tolerates a variety of soils and is drought tolerant once established. I have experienced some dieback of canes in windy locations in my Zone 5 Southern Ontario garden however new growth is prolific and it quickly grows to its previous height by mid-summer. Weigela are also very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.

Weigela French Lace flowersWeigela French Lace is in full bloom in my Zone 5 Southern Ontario garden in early June. Weigela blooms on both old growth and new growth from “old stems” so it will sporatically rebloom throughout the summer. New stems that grow from the base will not bloom until next year.

I chose French Lace for its combination of bright foliage and deep rose red flowers. There is a culivar called ‘Sunny Princess’ which has similar foliage but lighter pink flowers which I find a bit pale against the brighter foliage.

Garden Location: Kitchen Patio Garden, East Garden and Woodland Garden

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debbie June 9, 2012 at 1:32 am

I actually have a question, I live in a zone 3 area (Calgary Alberta) and I have recently purchased and planted french lace weiglela. I was told they will grow here very well from the nursery despite being a zone 5???bush. Are there any special things I need to know about winterizing them? Or should I dig them up and return them before they die? Please help Sincerely Debbie

Everchanging Gardener June 9, 2012 at 1:55 am

Hi Debbie
an interesting question. I don’t know if it will be fully hardy in zone 3. In my zone 5 garden I have three, one on the north side that gets a lot of winter wind, one on the south side of the house and one in the back bush The north side plant has a lot of die back each year — I have to cut out about two-thirds of the branches each spring. But it does regrow no problem. The south side French lace has no die back at all. The shrub out back does fine in a winter with snow cover, more die back in snowless winters. Compare that to my midnight wine — I have over half the plant die back each spring, sometimes to within an inch of the ground. I cut it back and it regrows.
French Lace gets quite large in my area (zone 5) so I don’t know how long digging it up will work practically. I think what I would try is mulching the base each fall to protect the roots from freeze/thaw. If you have to cut back the plant in the spring you will lose the flowers but will gain on nicer foliage. They will still bloom later in the year as long as the die back isn’t totally to the ground. I can’t however say for sure if they will survive in zone 3. But again, given the size I think I would try it.
Sorry that is not a perfect answer, but I hope it helps.

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