Weigela in bloom
image by Kurt Stueber: Wikipedia Commons
Weigela is a deciduous shrub that is native to Asia and full of diversity. Not only do the blooms this shrub produces come in a variety of colors---from white to pink to deep blood red---but the leaves are equally fantastic, ranging from dark green to pale yellow, and some even have a combination of both colors. Weigela varies in size as well, with some plants reaching heights of 5 to 6 feet, while others stay small at 2 to 3 feet. Beautiful, versatile and hardy in Zones 4 to 8, weigela will make a lovely splash in almost any garden.
Choose a spot to plant your weigela. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil, although they will tolerate clay soils as well.
Plant your weigela in the spring. Dig a hole the same depth as the root ball, about a foot deep and 2 to 3 feet in diameter. Place the weigela in the hole and water. Wait until the water is absorbed and cover with soil. The soil should come to the top of the root ball.
Water your weigela every day for five minutes a watering for two to three weeks. Cut back to watering it every other day for five minutes during the rest of the spring and summer. Water it less in the fall and winter---about once or twice a week---for five minutes each time.
Prune your weigela's flowers after planting to allow the plant to focus its energy on the roots. Prune every spring after the first flowering to produce more blooms later. Cut off dead or damaged branches in the winter. Prune the weigela in spring to keep its shape.