Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionCan't choose between a green or dark foliage weigela? Vinho Verde™ weigela (Weigela florida) is the both of best worlds with unusual variegation: lime green leaves with crisp black margins! The refreshing foliage will catch your eye from spring to fall. Its contrast is striking in the landscape, even more so when it blooms with red-pink flowers in late spring. Unlike other weigelas, it fits all this personality into a tidy habit that reaches 3-5 feet tall and wide at maturity.DetailsBotanical name: Weigela florida 'SMNWFBGV' Patent #: USPPAF Common name: Weigela Zone: 5 – 8 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) Height x width: 4-5′ tall and wide Flower color: Red-pink Foliage color: Green and black variegation Season of Interest: Spring, summer Bloom time: Late spring, early summer Features: Rare & unusual, rabbit resistant, proven winners, privacy screening, deer resistant, container plants, best for beginners Uses: Specimen, hedge, border, container How To GrowSoil: Grow in any moist but well-drained soil. Tolerates some dryness once established. Light: Sun (6+ hours direct sunlight a day) Water: Average Space: 3 - 5 feet Fertilizing: Apply a granular rose or garden fertilizer in early spring if desired. Never fertilize weigela past mid-summer, as this increases the likelihood of winter damage to any new growth the plant puts on as a result. Winterizing: A good 2-3″ layer of mulch is recommended. Maintenance & Pruning: Weigela bloom on old wood, so they should only be pruned after blooming. Once plants are mature (after at least five years in the ground), you may want to remove a few of the oldest stems each year to keep producing vigorous young growth.
Note: Weigelas are one of the last shrubs to leaf out in spring, so don’t panic if you aren’t seeing signs of life, even if everything else in your yard has started to grow.