Name: Weigela florida ‘Variegata’ aka the variegated weigela.
Type of Plant: Weigelas are easy to grow, low maintenance shrubs for full sun. Note that the “florida” part of it’s botanical name isn’t referring to the state, but to the number of flowers that the shrub has when in bloom.
Why I love this plant: I love the variegated Weigela because you get two for one – beautiful flowers in early summer and two-toned foliage all season. There are several cultivars of variegated Weigela that grow various sizes. If you need a short one, look for “Nana.’ But my favorite is the straight variegata that grows to about 6 or 7 feet high and five feet wide.
This is the perfect plant to include in a mixed shrub border and lower privacy screen, or to plant along a fence. Mix with other plants such as LimeLight hydrangeas, Rose of Sharon, and Physocarpus ‘Summer Wine and you’ll have a variety of foliage colors and textures as well as flowers all summer.
A Word to the Wise: Don’t plant the taller ones where you’ll be fighting their growth, and never shear this plant into a green meatball or coffee-table! Weigelas look best when allowed to grow a bit wild and natural in shape. This isn’t a good shrub to try and “keep under control.”