• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Abelia × grandiflora 'Hopleys' (PBR) (v)

abelia 'Hopleys'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
abelia 'Hopleys'

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  • Other common names abelia 'Hopleys'

  • Synonyms Abelia × grandiflora Hopleys

  • Family Caprifoliaceae

  • Genus Abelia can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with paired or whorled leaves and axillary or terminal clusters of funnel-shaped or trumpet-shaped flowers in summer and autumn, sometimes with conspicuous, colourful calyces

  • Details 'Hopleys' is one of the most stable of the variegated abelias. The green leaves have irregular yellow margins, bright in spring, gradually paling almost to white with exposure. Abundant lilac-tinged white flowers open from darker buds, subtended by creamy-white calyx lobes which add to the light, variegated appearance of the whole bush

Characteristics

  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Very easy to grow in reasonable conditions although not fully hardy; requires a sheltered, sunny position

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8. May need hard pruning (Pruning Group 6) every 3 to 4 years

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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