Abelia

 Gallon – $5.97     2 Gallon – $8.00   3-5 Gallon – $10.00

Abelia – ‘Edward Goucher’

Perennial Border with Hosta, Rudbeckia and Edward Goucher Abelia with pink flowers on right

Perennial Border with Hosta, Rudbeckia and Edward Goucher Abelia with pink flowers on right

Edward Goucher Abelia is a beautiful multi stemmed shrub with graceful, arching branches bursting with small  pink blooms.  The blooms are mildly fragrant and are known to last all summer – attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.  Edward Goucher Abelia grows to about 5 feet tall and wide and hardy in zones 6 – 9. Prefers full sun but can be grown in partial shade.

 

I like to trim mine to look like a small weeping bush by stripping the lower limbs and leaving the arching branches on top.  Great to use in mass for slope stabilization, or in a mixed border.

The leaves are finely textured and glossy green in summer and purplish bronze in the fall.  New stems are reddish brown and the older ones exfoliate to reveal a lighter inner bark.  Prune in early spring as the plant blooms on new wood.  Abeila is a hardy plant and requires very little care., continuing to bloom after others have finished for the summer.   What could be better than that?

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Dogs showing off their Abelia bush in the fall

Abelia leaves

Abelia Blooms

 

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