Dutch Variegated Weigela
Weigela 'Kosteriana Variegata' is a real spring beauty, providing masses of interest with minimal fuss.
This wonderful, easy care shrub is the perfect plant for filling a medium-sized space in the garden, providing a long season of bright foliage which lights up the garden from spring right through to late autumn. Along with the attractive, cream-margined leaves, masses of flower clusters appear during late spring, formed of pretty pink bee-friendly flowers. When it comes to easy plants, shrubs like this provide plenty of colour impact and require very little in terms of maintenance. This lovely, long-living shrub effortlessly thrives in most gardens and conditions, providing colour, structure, height and screening for many years and asks for very little in return. It's fairly slow growing and very easy-going, so just a quick clip each year will keep it nicely in shape.
This ornamental shrub will establish to become a long-standing staple in your garden, growing easily in most conditions and providing an attractive screen.
Plant Type: Shrub
Hardiness: H4 Hardy. Minimum temperature -10 to -5.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 2m x W 2m (Mature age: 10 Years)
Foliage Colour: Yellow, Green
Flower Colour: Pink
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy, Acid, Alkaline
Soil Drainage: Well Drained, Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Courtyard Garden, Wildlife Garden, Hedging & Screening, Low Maintenance Garden, Coastal Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
Flowering (from - to): May - June
Variegated Weigela can be grown in full sun or partial shade but will prefer a slightly sheltered spot, away from cold winds.
Unfussy in terms of soil, this variety is fine in just about any moderately fertile soil type as long as it's not waterlogged. Grow this shrub in borders or a large container. If planting in a container, use garden soil or a soil-based compost to fill the pot as it's much more robust for a long-lasting shrub like this.
Water well when first planted and keep watering regularly throughout the fist season to help establish the root system. Once the plant has settled in, it will only require watering if it's in a particularly sunny and dry spot.
It's not essential to feed a Weigela, but you can apply an all-purpose liquid feed during the growing season to help encourage bushy, healthy growth.
Prune or trim once a year after flowering has ended. You can use shears to clip the shrub into a neat shape. Remove any dead or out of place branches as and when you notice them.