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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Will Need
- Hedge clippers
- Effective mulches for variegated weigela shrubs include shredded cedar bark and pine needles.
- Once established, variegated weigela usually does not require fertilizing, though yearly applications will boost of spring growth.
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