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Canada Blooms Plant of the Year 2019

Canada Blooms, Canada’s largest garden and flower festival, presently underway in Toronto, Ontario, has named its Plant of the Year for 2019. It’s Weigela Electric Love™ (Weigela × ’ZR1’) in the Date Night™ series. The one-of-a-kind flowering shrub is a product of the world’s top Weigela breeding program at Bloomin’ Easy and well deserving of such a title for a world-class event like Canada Blooms.

What makes Electric Love™ weigela novel is the true red bell flowers over such a long season, summer through early fall, and this, against such dark foliage. Aside from the unique aesthetic, it’s compact, rounded and tidy, reaching around 20 to 24 inches (50 to 60 cm) tall and 24 to 30 inches (60 to 80 cm) wide; plus it’s cold hardy to USDA Zone 4, about AgCan zone 5. Because of its smaller frame, Electric Love™ will work well in a variety of landscapes as well as in decorative containers on the balcony or patio.

Bees and hummingbirds will love it and it tolerates most well-drained soils, only needing watering during periods of drought. Full sun is best, but it will still bloom modestly in partial shade. Pruning can be carried out any time. However, to promote better flower production, prune in early spring and remove spent flowers in the summer. Winter protection will be needed in colder zones. 

Brand new in 2019, Electric Love weigela it is being distributed throughout Canada (Canadian Tire, Sheridan Nurseries, Botanus, etc.) and the US this year, undoubtedly making its way to Europe soon. You can even see which garden centers sell Bloomin’ Easy products in North America on the Bloomin’ Easy map of plant retailers.

Weigela Electric Love™: a plant to discover in 2019!

Photos courtesy of Bloomin’ Easy.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

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