How to Plant Variegated Weigela


Variegated weigela (Weigela florida 'Variegata') is excellent as a border shrub or when used in large groupings. The variegated cultivar is a bit smaller than the standard weigela. The variegated reaches 4 to 6 feet tall with a similar spread. It has deep pink flowers and green leaves with a white edge. This deciduous, broadleaf shrub grows best in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 8.

Step 1

Choose a site for your variegated weigela that receives full sun to partial shade. The less sun the shrub receives, the less variegated--and more green--the leaves will appear.

Step 2

Amend the soil where you plan to place your weigela with a bag of compost. Till it in, then water thoroughly. While weigela is not fussy about its soil (it will grow in sand, loam or clay), the added nutrients will give your plant a jumpstart and increase the drainage. Weigelas grow in soil pH ranging from 3.7 to 7.0.

Step 3

Dig a hole that is 6 inches wide and as deep as your variegated weigela's rootball.

Step 4

Place your shrub in the hole, making sure the crown (where the trunk meets the roots) is at soil level.

Step 5

Backfill with soil, pressing down to remove any air bubbles trapped in the hole.

Step 6

Water thoroughly. Water your variegated weigela twice a week until the plant is established.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Hose


  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • University of Illinois Extension

Who Can Help

  • USDA Hardiness Zones
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