Weigelaflorid a ‘Variegata’

This is to me the most beautiful weigela, although the tree and shrub guru, W.J. Bean, in a testy mood, wrote that it had ‘a virus-ridden look’. I find the greenand-yellow leaves more spirited than the undistinguished plain green leaves of other varieties. However that may be, there are several weigelas which are excellent garden shrubs, hardy and reliable, easy to grow in any soil, and prodigal with their-clusters of pink or red flowers in early summer. They grow about 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, and the branches arch over when heavy with blossom.

It is important to prune the shrub after flowering, shortening all spent shoots. After which new shoots will quickly form to carry flowers next year. These young shoots (sticking to my point, pace Bean) provide attractive variegated foliage for cutting in late summer, when good leaves may be scarce. Put them in a bowl with a handful of white or yellow daisies.

This weigela is so hardy that it makes a good shelter plant for smaller, slightly tender shrubs, such as daphne or Osmanthus delavayi, which has tiny, white, strongly scented flowers in spring. A close-planted mixed group of such as these on a shrub bank, protected by one weigela or more, could be underplanted with small spring bulbs.

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