How to Care for Variegated Weigela

Overview

Producing white to pale pink flowers with darker throats and attractive foliage with yellow to cream-colored markings, variegated weigela makes a stunning display in the garden. Growing up to 1 foot each year, this hardy landscape shrub reaches heights of up to 4 feet when fully mature. Hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9, variegated weigela adapts to many different growing environments. The plant attracts hummingbirds to the garden, resists most pests and diseases and tolerates drought-like conditions. With proper care, variegated weigela continues producing abundant blooms for years with only minimal maintenance.

Step 1

Plant variegated weigela during late spring after the threat of frost has passed in a location that receives full sunlight throughout the day. Ensure the planting site consists of well-drained soil with high moisture retention. Space variegated weigela plants 4 to 6 feet apart.

Step 2

Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch over the planting site to reduce problematic weeds, improve moisture retention and insulate the soil. Begin the mulch at least 3 inches from the plant's base to allow air to circulate and prevent rotting.

Step 3

Water thoroughly once per week, soaking the soil to a depth of at least 4 inches, to ensure the roots come into contact with plenty of moisture. Increase the frequency of watering to once every five days during periods of drought or when temperatures rise above 95 degrees F.

Step 4

Feed variegated weigela once per year during early spring, just as new growth resumes. Use a balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer to provide proper nutrition for foliage and flower production. Apply following the manufacturer's dosage directions for the best results.

Step 5

Prune the shrub immediately after flowering ends to improve health, appearance and growth habit. Use hedge clippers to remove any damaged or diseased growth and to cut back any overgrown branches as necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Fertilizer
  • Hedge clippers

References

  • Brighter Blooms Nursery: Variegated Weigela
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: Old-Fashioned Weigela
  • "Minnesota Gardener's Guide"; Melinda Myers; 2005

Who Can Help

  • USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
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About this Author

Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.