Weigela – Popular Shrubs for the Garden

Weigela florida Variegata


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 if pruning is neglected they still put up a reasonably good show.

Weigela florida They will grow well in any normal garden soil, 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, the commonest kind, has rosy-pink flowers in May and early June, sometimes followed by a later flush, but there are better and brighter hybrids. Among these Weigela ‘Newport Red’, the crimson Weigela ‘Eva Rathke’, the white ‘Mont Blanc’ and the large-flowered pink ‘Conquete’ are among the best. Weigela 'Newport Red'

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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14. October 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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