Variegated weigela (weigela florida ‘variegata’) Zone 4 to 8
Variegated Weigela (Weigela Florida ‘Variegata’) has a roundedshape and can grow up to six feet tall if untrimmed. The long, drooping shoots get covered in flowers in the spring to late summer and will re-bloom throughout the summer and fall on the previous years growth. The abundant amount of clusters of trumpet shaped flowers are white on the outside and pink in the center. They are somewhat fragrant and will attract humming birds, bees and butterflies. You should always trim your Variegated Weigela right after they are done blooming to encourage them to bloom again. The oval shaped leaves are creamy white on the outside and have a light green in the center. They are a very strong shrub that will easily grow in most conditions. If you like this shrub, but think it will get to big, you can also use the dwarf version called Variegated Dwarf Weigela.
Variegated Weigela Landscape Use
Variegated Weigela can be used as a Hedge along a property line or fence line, keeping them spaced three feet apart to ensure that they will grow together. You can either plant them in a straight line or plant them in a staggered pattern if you like a more natural look. Or you can use then to line a sidewalk or driveway keeping them spaced at least three feet away so they don’t grow out over or create a lot of maintenance. You can also use them as foundation shrubs, keeping them spaced at least three feet away from a building and five feet away from other varieties of shrubs. Use them with a darker shrub such as Midnight Wine Weigela and it will give you nice contrast.
Variegated Weigela Facts
Mature height: 4 to 6 feet tall if untrimmed
Mature width: 4 to 6 feet wide if untrimmed
Soil type: Adaptable to most soil conditions
Growth rate: Fast; they grow 1 to 2 feet or more per year
Moisture: They like well drained areas. Water them when first planted and in drought conditions.
Flower: The pink and white clusters of flowers appear in spring to early summer and re-bloom until late fall.
Maintenance: Moderate; for the best shape and flowers they should be trimmed once or twice per year.
Sun exposure: Full sun to part shade is best, but they will grow in mostly shade.