It is only a tad bit smaller than it was at this time last year but it looks a lot healthier. I also like the fact that it kept it’s shape.
There were even a few sporadic blooms back in May:
2)The “severe” prune down to about 12 inches:
The foliage that first emerged within a few weeks was a fantastic color, an almost reddish/black:
As of today, the foliage still looks great and has grown to about two feet tall:
While it has remained on the short side, the foliage is by far more vibrant than the other two:
I’ll be sure to not touch this again next spring so I can closely monitor how it looks in year two, post severe prune.
3)The untouched Weigela:
And how she looks today:
Very uninspiring. Foliage has declined as the summer has dragged on and has really never looked good at any point.
- “Selective” pruning worked out well, foliage color was outstanding, shrub shape was perfect and there were even a few blooms to boot.
- “Severe” pruning, while it obviously stunted the growth of the Weigela, it still resulted in outstanding foliage and shape and I assume it will look even better in year two.
- “No” pruning on a three year old shrub resulted in the same uninspiring size, shape and foliage appearance. While this may also be due to other conditions, I’m determined to stay on top of the pruning of these shrubs to maintain their appearance as their foliage color is incredible among a sea of perennials and grasses.