Growing Weigela Florida ‘Variegata’

WEIGELA

Common name: none

Family: Caprifoliaceae

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.

 

Weigela florida 'Variegata'Popular species and varieties

The most popular is Weigela florida, first introduced from the Far East in 1845. Look for ‘Variegata’ (AGM), which has tubular rose-pink flowers edged 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.

 

Cultivation

Soil type Any reasonable fertile soil, 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.

18. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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