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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DescriptionMidnight Wine® Weigela offers the darkest foliage of any weigela. It’s almost black! Leaves emerge with a distinctive wavy edge that also provides great texture. Midnight Wine is also one of the smallest weigela on the market, naturally growing as a tiny little mound just 1.5’ tall and wide. It flowers very little, but its dramatic foliage more than makes up for it.
Plant this unique weigela from Proven Winners as a ground cover, edging, or container plant. We recommend pairing it with perennials, ground covers, or other low-growing shrubs to really help its deeply colorful foliage pop. Go bold and pair it with yellow, or play it safe with green or another purple – you’ll find lots of uses for this versatile little weigela.DetailsBotanical name: Weigela florida ‘Elvera’ Patent #: USPP 12,217 Common name: Weigela Zone: 4 – 8 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) Height x width: 1' tall x wide Flower color: Pink (but primarily a foliage plant) Foliage color: Dark purple-black Season of interest: Spring-fall Uses: Specimen, ground cover, containers, perennial gardens. How To GrowSoil: Grow in any moist but well-drained soil. Tolerates some dryness once established. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) Water: Average Space: Min. 1′ apart. Fertilizing: Apply a granular rose or garden fertilizer in early spring if desired. Never fertilize weigela past mid-summer, as this increases 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 should only be pruned after blooming. Once plants are mature (after at least 5 years in the ground), you may want to remove a few of the oldest stems each year to keep it producing vigorous young growth. Note: weigela 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.