Weigela 'Bristol Ruby'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast
- Flowering period: May and June
- Flower colour: dark red
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Clusters of bell-shaped, deep red flowers open from plum-coloured buds in late spring and early summer putting on a very colourful display. This fast-growing, upright shrub is an attractive, easy-to-grow plant for small gardens or mixed shrub borders.
- Garden care: Once established prune each year in midsummer after flowering, removing one or two of the older stems to the base and cutting back the flowered stems to strong shoots below the spent flowers.
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Q:I bought this weigela from yourselves back in May and have happily planted it and it's doing well, however I'm now coming up to needing to prune it in the next few weeks and I'm unsure how. It's very leggy there's a good meter of wood on each stem before any leaves or flowers appear and as this is at the back of the border it's not going to blend in with the rest of the border as its top heavy with flowers and leaves. Any pruning advice please?Asked on 23/6/2015 by Mrsatty from Northampton
These plants require little formative pruning, however they do have a naturally upright habit - and they can get quite tall. Once it has become well established, you can then start cutting out one or two of the older, flowered stems to their base after the flowers have faded in midsummer. You could then also trim back any over-long new stems.Answered on 25/6/2015 by Helen from crocus
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