Weigela – Popular Shrubs for the Garden
The weigelas, still sometimes catalogued as diervillas, are among those shrubs that give their best if they are properly pruned, the old, flowered shoots cut back hard to encourage the production of new flowering growth. However, they are easy shrubs to grow and even ifis neglected they still put up a reasonably good show.
They will grow well in any normal garden , including those that contain much chalk or lime. They will survive in exposed, wind-swept positions, but, to look their best they should be given ample space, for, although they do not grow more than 5-6 feet tall, their arching growths cover an area of about 6 feet in diameter.
Weigela florida variegata adds leaf variegation to its attraction and is among the best of variegated leaf shrubs, slower-growing than the type, but a constant pleasure from spring to autumn, with its leaves broadly edged with white. The purple-leaved form, foliis purpureis, has its own attraction. Both varieties have pink flowers.
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