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pokhimpokhim Posts: 210

Hi there, 

Does anyone else have weigela?.. Or think they're a bit boring?..

The wife bought 2 weigela, a viburnum and a japonica ralto after getting some help with impulse buying at the local garden center.

Piers japonica ralto, Viburnum tinus gwenllian, Weigela Florida & Weigela Pink Poppet. My garden is quite small and I either have a morning sun border, or afternoon sun border that I need to fill. 

Do you think I should put them all together?.. Gosh!! Lots of shrubs!!.... And I dnt know what to do with them>?!?!


  • Firstly, the pieris wants soil on the acidic side, or ericaceous compost in a pot. Don't try to force it in a chalky garden. If your soil suits, then great.  The others are lovely shrubs. V. tinus 'Gwenllian' gets to 4ft plus, easily, so she needs room. The weigelas are smaller, but deciduous, so will need careful placing. Pink Poppet is a neat grower, a foot and a half at most, tall and high. Weigela florida, the straight species (is it green leafed or variegated?), is much bigger all round. The weigelas love an open site, the viburnum will tolerate half shade and prefer shade from the hottest sun, the pieris, too, is naturally a woodlander, given the morning or afternoon sun, but protection from too much.


  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Weigelas are trouble free and easily kept in check by pruning. After flowering, cut back the branches that have flowered.

    I have one pieris which has reached 10 feet in height and another which grows to around 4 feet.

    SW Scotland
  • pokhimpokhim Posts: 210

    Shall I stick the pieris next to the hydrangea that I have?.... They both like ericaceous soil...

  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    If your Hydrangea is mature, I would leave 3 feet between it and the Pieris. 

    SW Scotland
  • pokhimpokhim Posts: 210

    I have a 5m long border, but can make it as deep as I want as I'll just cut away lawn.

    I have lots of plants in there tho; 1 hydrangea, 1choyca, 3 stachys big ears,  and then I need to fit a few of the other plants in.... 

    Oh dear!!

  • I love that aside, -  'I'll just cut away lawn' -  excellent policy!  I love a well tended lawn. Grass sets off the borders or trees planted in it, but it also provides an opportunity to create more planting space!


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