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Get ready for a stunning explosion of red flowers from Crimson Kisses® Weigela (Weigela hybrida 'Slingco 1' Date Night™ Crimson Kisses®). You've never seen a display quite like this from a weigela shrub. We're not talking about demure pinkish-red or subdued rosy-red shades '– Crimson Kisses® Weigela has bold lipstick-red blooms that will knock your socks off! And you won't have to be content with a few blooms here and there because this shrub is loaded with blossoms. So pucker up and kiss other plants goodbye as you welcome Crimson Kisses® Weigela into your landscape!
You'll Fall in Love with These Flowers
The five-petaled flowers are massed in clusters, which cover the branches so profusely that the entire shrub appears on fire. Just as the flowers begin to open, their shape is long and tubular ?… just like a tube of lipstick! And after they completely unfurl, Crimson Kisses® flowers keep their electric-red color without fading.
Crimson Kisses® Weigela is such a remarkable plant that it's patented. And the patent paperwork reveals a stunning attribute '– each flower typically stays open for an unbelievable 12 days! Other types of flowers bloom for only one day; others for a few days; and some longer-lasting blooms may last a week. But when you find a flowering shrub with flowers that stay open for almost two weeks, you know you have a winner!
Six Months of Color
Crimson Kisses® Weigela has a delightful feature that you'd love to enjoy from all your flowering plants '– it's a rebloomer! The first flush of flowers begins in late spring and blooms heavily through mid-summer. But the show's not over yet. It blooms again in late summer and continues through fall. It's not unusual for a Crimson Kisses® Weigela to produce flowers from April to October! Be sure to make room for this workhorse of a plant in your garden '– it produces more flowers over a longer bloom season than many other plants.
A Magnet for Hummingbirds and Butterflies
Hummingbirds and butterflies cannot resist Crimson Kisses® flowers. The red color pulls them like a magnet from all corners of your yard. In fact, it's because hummingbirds are attracted to red flowers that hummingbird feeders prominently feature the color red. And the trumpet-shaped flowers are sized just right for their tiny bills. Crimson Kisses® Weigela is so rarely bothered by insect pests that you won't have to spray it with chemicals '– it's an environmental benefit, plus you won't be injuring delicate butterflies that sip the nectar. You'll want to plant Crimson Kisses® in a prime viewing location to enjoy the flowers ?… as well as their tiny visitors!
Superior Flowering Shrub from Growing Zone 4 to 9!
You know you have a tough little plant when it can handle temperatures to minus 30 degrees F and keep blooming year after year! Crimson Kisses® Weigela not only handles cold climates like a champ, but it also sails through the oppressive summer heat in the Deep South and Florida. This resilient shrub is a perennial over a wide range '– USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 through 9 '– and it's a super performer throughout this entire area.
Perfect Size and Shape for Smaller Yards
Crimson Kisses® Weigela is bred specifically for two other outstanding features '– its dense growth and compact shape. If you like well-behaved landscape plants, you'll love Crimson Kisses®, which keeps a neat and tidy appearance. This multi-stemmed deciduous shrub is not leggy or spindly; rather, it has a mounded form that grows thickly to a mature size of 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. What a perfect plant to feature in a small landscape or to fill in bare pockets in larger yards.
Superb Container Plant
Container gardens are all the rage for busy gardeners ?… and for good reasons. They can feature single as well as multiple plants; they're easy to care for; and they solve many landscape challenges. Perhaps you don't like to dig holes and keep your plants weeded '– containers solve both these problems. Or maybe you want to grow a plant that needs full sun '– like Weigela Crimson Kisses® '– but your yard is mostly shady. If you have a sunny patio or balcony, you can grow your potted plant there '– another problem solved! Choose a large container for Weigela Crimson Kisses®. As it grows, it produces multiple stems from around the base until mature plants have the dense growth that supports a ton of flowers. And while it's still small, you can fill in the pot by planting colorful annuals and other sun-loving plants.
Winter Protection for Containers
Weigela Crimson Kisses® plants will reliably overwinter in their containers unprotected in Zones 6 through 9. In zones 4 and 5, move the pot to a sheltered location against your home or in an unheated garage or shed. If you move the pot under an eave or to another location that doesn't receive rainfall, keep the plant lightly watered throughout winter. You can also wrap the pot with several thicknesses of bubble wrap or a thick blanket to help insulate it.
Adds Instant Flair to Your Landscape Design
There's almost an endless list of ways you can incorporate Crimson Kisses® Weigela into your landscape. Try these on for size:
• Fill in your flower beds and border gardens with groupings of Crimson Kisses® for bursts of red color among other landscape plants.
• Stagger Crimson Kisses® shrubs in front of larger evergreen shrubs so the red flowers really pop against the taller green background.
• Plant Crimson Kisses® Weigela shrubs along a sunny walkway to form a brilliant flowering welcome to your home's guests.
• Space Crimson Kisses® around your patio to create a living "patio wall" around your sitting area.
Cottage Garden Focal Point
Crimson Kisses® Weigela is a design gem in a cottage garden. Its compact form and dense growth provide a counterpart to the loose, unstructured look that defines a cottage garden. Place one Crimson Kisses® shrub off-center in the garden to provide a brilliant red focal point, or plant a triangular grouping of three shrubs as a multi-sided backdrop for lower-growing plants. If your garden is enclosed by a picket fence, plant a row of Crimson Kisses® shrubs along the inside of the fence so the flowering branches grow through the pickets '– lovely!
For abundant flowering year after year, you won't have to micro-manage Crimson Kisses® Weigela. Give it a little extra care after you transplant it to ease it into its new home, and it will reward you handsomely. Your plant will produce more flowers if you plant it in a full-sun location '– at least 6 hours each day '– but it can handle some afternoon shade, particularly in very hot climates. Make sure your plant receives 1 inch of water each week during the growing season if rainfall doesn't supply this amount. Water it more often during its first year in your garden, especially during the summer months, to help nurture a healthy root system. If you're growing Crimson Kisses® in a container, don't let the soil dry completely; keep it slightly moist but never soggy. Containers offer sharp drainage, which is important for healthy roots. But if you plant Crimson Kisses® Weigela in the ground, make sure that the soil drains well and your plant isn't left sitting in a puddle of water for an extended time after heavy rain events. As soon as you see new growth in springtime, fertilize Crimson Kisses® with an all-purpose fertilizer, according to the label instructions, to encourage a profusion of flowers. You won't need to prune your plant because of its naturally rounded form, but if you want to shape it, prune it immediately after it flowers.
Pruning tip: By immediately deadheading the first flower clusters after they've bloomed in late spring to early summer, you may prompt even more flowers for a repeat performance!
Crimson Kisses® Weigela is a brand-new introduction. It was introduced in 2015 as a result of an internationally renowned weigela breeding program in Hazerswoude, Netherlands. Plant breeders initially had a goal of developing a superior weigela that was shorter than other varieties, and which had dense growth and a profuse flowering habit over a long season. They hit the jackpot with Crimson Kisses® Weigela, which not only met but exceeded their goals. The perfect marriage of plant parents '– 'Red Prince' and 'Evita' '– produced Crimson Kisses®.