Vintage Charm, Modern Performance
- Like your grandmother’s Weigela, only better
- All-season flowering performance
- Feeds pollinators from spring to frost
- Low maintenance, sun loving shrubs
- Durable and deer resistant
- Available in five colors
- 4-5′ tall x 4-5′ spread
- Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8
Old-fashioned weigelas have gotten a makeover with this series of five strong reblooming cultivars. Instead of only enjoying their blooms in late spring, you’ll continue to see flowers on these modern cultivars from midsummer through frost. Where could you use a grouping of colorful, easy to grow shrubs in your sunny landscape? Choose from five unique colors in the Sonic Bloom series: Ghost®, Pearl, Pink, Pure Pink and Red.
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Weigela is extremely easy to grow and adaptable to many growing conditions. No special soil is required except that it prefers those that are well-drained. Clay soil that drains reasonably well will do, as will lighter soils.
Choose a spot in your landscape that receives full sun to light shade, keeping in mind that it will produce the most flowers in full sun. Sonic Bloom Ghost® is an exception–it can handle a bit more shade than the others in the series because of its lighter “ghosted” foliage.
When planting, dig the hole about twice as wide but just as deep as the container it is growing in. If the roots are densely circled around when you take the plant out of the pot, loosen them up a bit to break the “root memory”. This will encourage them to grow outward instead of continuing to grow in a circular pattern.
Set the plant in the hole, making sure that the top of the rootball is level with the top of the surrounding soil. Then backfill the hole with the soil you dug out. Press it down with your hand firmly to eliminate any big air pockets around the roots.
Pruning or deadheading the spent blossoms of weigela is not necessary to make it rebloom. It will continue to flower in waves all season long even if you never prune it. However, if you’re like a lot of people, you just can’t resist the urge to prune your shrubs. If that describes you, then head out with your hedge trimmers or clippers to prune your Sonic Bloom weigela right after it is finished blooming in spring. Trim it into the shape you desire, taking care not to remove more than 1/3 of the total plant.
Traditional weigelas set their flower buds on “old wood”, meaning last year’s branches. That means if you prune them in the fall, you’ll risk cutting off next spring’s flowers. Modern Sonic Bloom varieties carry an “insurance policy” in the form of summer flowers that bloom on “new wood”, meaning the new growth. So, even if you forget and prune them in the fall, you’ll still see the second round of flowers that start in midsummer and continue to frost.
In early spring, scratch some slow release plant food formulated for trees and shrubs into the soil around your weigelas. That will help them get off to a strong start.
Sonic Bloom weigelas are ideal for anyone who wishes to grow long blooming, flowering shrubs that require little maintenance to thrive. If you’re planting a new garden or transitioning the one you have to include plants that require less work, consider these easy shrubs.
Standing just 4-5′ tall, Sonic Bloom weigelas are just the right height to use in foundation plantings along a sunny side of the house. They can also create an effective backdrop for perennial borders. Have a lonely looking evergreen tree in your yard that could use a few colorful friends? Plant a few Sonic Bloom weigelas around it to liven up the space from late spring to frost.
Plant a Sonic Bloom weigela near your vegetable garden to attract pollinators and increase your yield. The brightly colored, trumpet-shaped flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.
Plant a Sonic Bloom weigela near an early spring blooming tree or shrub. Once the early bloomer is finished, the Sonic Bloom weigela will cycle into bloom and bring color to that part of the landscape for the rest of the season.
Lastly, water the plant again to help the soil settle. Spread some mulch around the base of the plant, taking care to keep it from touching the plant’s stems. The mulch will help to retain soil moisture and protect the roots during winter
“planted this late in the fall, had a brutal winter of ice and unusually cold temperatures. both of my sonic blooms came through with no dead branches, and have bloomed since late april/early may (it is now almost june). absolutely covered with pink blossoms. i will definitely be adding more of these to my landscape.”
-susan johnson, lexington, kentucky
top 3 reasons to grow sonic bloom® weigela
their flower power can’t be beat
There’s never been a more floriferous series of weigelas than Sonic Bloom. Their dazzling floral show is guaranteed to impress.
hummingbirds will thank you
Hot colored, trumpet-shaped blossoms top the list of hummingbirds’ favorites, and Sonic Bloom weigelas provide an absolute feast.
deer will not thank you
If you want to feed your local deer population, don’t plant Sonic Bloom weigelas. Seriously, it’s like trying to get kids to eat their brussels sprouts.