Variegated weigela is a small shrub that grows 3 to 6 feet in both height and width. The leaves are opposite one another with a creamy white border, and the shrub blooms in May and June with rose pink flowers. Variegated weigela is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 5 to 10, the areas of the United States where the temperature does not drop below minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. This vigorous plant is easy to plant and grow.
Things You'll Need
- Manure or organic compost
- Pruning shears
Plant the variegated weigela in an area with well-drained, slightly acidic soil and full sun. The plant is very adaptable and will survive in partial sun and almost any kind of soil as long as it is well-drained. Dig into the soil with a trowel, working it and eliminating any clumps. At the same time, dig in manure or organic compost to enrich the soil.
Dig a hole the same depth as the root-ball is high and place the plant in the hole so that the top of the root-ball is level with the ground. Fill soil around the roots and tamp down around the plant.
Water slowly and deeply immediately after planting. After that, water regularly, keeping the soil moist until the plant is established and growing vigorously on its own. You may then decrease the watering frequency, allowing it to dry somewhat between waterings.
Prune the shrub after it blooms in the summer. The variegated weigela will thrive without pruning, but it may need some shaping as it can sometimes sprawl in an unattractive manner. Also, cut out any dead, broken or diseased branches, as well as branches that are crossing one another.
How to Plant Weigela
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