Common name: Weigela ‘My Monet’
Botanical name: Weigela florida ‘My Monet’
What it is: A super-dwarf flowering shrub with striking, creamy-edged variegated leaves and deep-rose tubular flowers in May.
Size: 2-foot mound.
Where to use: Foundation beds, especially under windows or in those tight beds between walls and sidewalks. Best in morning sun and afternoon shade.
Why I like it: This variety doesn’t bloom much, but who cares with the beautiful leaf variegation? It’s mostly light green with creamy edges, but the leaves also take on hints of rosy-pink early in the season. The super-compact size and ultra-slow growth rate makes this a shrub that fits even the smallest yards and takes virtually no care. Just site it out of the hot afternoon sun, and it’s a great little plant.