Weigela florida “Variegata.” (Richie Steffens)

Weigela florida “Variegata.” (Richie Steffens)

Great Plant Pick: Put Latin name and common name here

What: Weigela florida “Variegata” is an old-fashioned garden shrub that has proven its worth for decades as an excellent landscaping choice. The bare branches emerge with apple green leaves edged in creamy-white in early spring. As the foliage fully develops, the cream coloring deepens slightly to a soft and pale yellow. In early summer, soft rose-pink buds line the gracefully arching stems. These buds open to the palest blush creating an enchanting contrast against its variegated foliage. The variegation glows next to darker leaves in a part shade landscape.

Where: Plant as a single specimen or in small groups in full sun.

Size: Grows to 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide in 10 years.

Care: Occasional watering. Mature shrubs will need pruning after flowering.

— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks

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