The poll results are in – and it seems many of you have a preference for red flowers (see results at bottom). Azaleas aren’t the only plant that comes in a wide range of colors; we have some pretty fabulous reblooming Weigela, too, including a rich crimson variety: *Sonic Bloom® Red (below left).
The Sonic Bloom® Weigela are hardy in USDA 4-8, and will grow best in full sun. Most grow about 4-5′ tall and wide although Sonic Bloom® Pure Pink (above right) is a somewhat upright plant that gets 3-5′ tall.
Like many of our varieties, the Sonic Bloom® plants were selected for their strong rebloom. That’s great for gardeners, obviously, because who doesn’t want more flowers in their garden?
Weigela florida has more to offer, of course. It’s a fast growing plant that’s relatively deer-resistant and will tolerate clay soils. Hummingbirds go bananas for it, too.
According to our completely unscientific and statistically invalid survey, your favorite color of azalea is…red! Here’s the breakdown:
• 46% – red
• 21% – purple
• 13% – orange
• 8% – pink
• 8% – white
• 4% – other
My favorite is white, but honestly I was expecting pink to be the winner. Lucky for you, we have a wonderful new red azalea: Perfecto Mundo® Red. Give it a try, and why not grab another color or two while you’re at it – you may decide you like pink, or even white, after all!
*Sonic Bloom is a registered trademark of the Syngenta Group Company.