Growing Weigela Florida ‘Variegata’
Common name: none
These free-flowering, medium-sized shrubs are ideal for smaller gardens, as they grow to around 2m (6ft).
In late spring and early summer they can be relied upon to provide a colourful display.
The most popular is Weigela florida, first introduced from the Far East in 1845. Look for ‘Variegata’ (AGM), which has tubular rose-pinkedged with cream, over attractive mid-green foliage. It is regarded generally as being one of the best variegated shrubs for the garden.
Among the many hybrids that are widely available is the aptly named ruby-red ‘Bristol Ruby’. Also there is ‘Abel Carriere’ (AGM), another old favourite that has been around for over 100 years. It is among the first to flower, producing a profusion of rose-pink blooms in mid-spring. Do not overlook ‘Newport Red’, a splendid shrub that produces a fine show of light red blossoms. Finally,’Mont Blanc’ lives up well to its name, and is not a newcomer by any means.
Soil type Any reasonable fertile, including alkaline.
Planting This can be carried out in autumn or spring, whenever ground conditions are suitable. Select a sunny spot or one that is lightly shaded.
Pruning As soon as the flowers have faded, cut back flowering shoots to within a short distance of old wood.
Propagation Hardwood cuttings with a heel may be taken in late autumn.
Pests and diseases Normally without problems.