Two more additions to our spring garden- oh joy!!
Dark Horse Weigela (Weigela florida ‘Dark Horse’)
Weigela flowers in the spring and draws hummingbirds and butterflies.
It is a full sun shrub that is flexible about soil as long as it drains well, so if you have clay, you may need to amend a little.
Prune annually in winter to promote new growth- gets two to three feet high and wide. Make sure to water the first season as it gets established.
Salvia Black and Blue (Salvia guaranitica ‘Black & Blue’)
This perennial grows to 2-3 feet in height (may be an annual if it gets very cold in winter- check for your area). I have read mixed reviews- some say it dies and doesn’t do well- some say it become invasive- but the reason I planted it is because hummingbirds love it. I am hoping to draw lots of hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and birds to my garden (though the plants drawing bees are placed AWAY from the house)
Amend the soil and water till it gets established, make sure you plant it in full sun, will tolerate partial shade but definitely prefers a sunny location from what I have read. Will tell you how my plant does- it will be getting about 8 hours of sun a day.
Continual blooms summer to fall. Prune spent blooms to promote more flowering.