The weigela might be one of the easiest and most eye-pleasing shrubs to have in your flower bed, with its upright growth, heavy blooming and being almost maintenance free. Weigela is drought tolerant, although on very hot days it will need watering as leaves must be hydrated. Flowers range from white to ruby red, and leaves are dark green, variegated or bright yellow. The shrub is a favourite of butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted because of its funnel-shaped flowers. It benefits from pruning which should be done right after blooming. It can be trimmed to a desired shape, but pruning is done mainly to encourage new and stronger branches. After flowering is finished cut back a third of the oldest branches, making sure to cut them back to where two branches meet. Remove excessive leaves and mulch from base of plant as it likes its roots near the surface.
To start new plants, cut a healthy new branch, dip in rooting hormone, plant in soil or sand and keep moist. It will root and you will have another weigela.
– Eva Krawchuk writes from Winnipeg