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Introducing...

Abelia

If you want a shrub that flowers over a long period from summer to autumn, is usually evergreen, happy in most soils, and offers colour even after flowering, abelia has all of these qualities. And, to save one of its best attributes until last, the blooms are scented.
 

Looks

Abelias have glossy leaves and masses of tubular flowers in pink, white or cerise. There are golden- and variegated-leaved cultivars. In most species, when the flowers fade the coloured sepals remain, giving you continuing interest into autumn.

Likes

Abelia does best in a sunny, sheltered position in fertile, well-drained soil.

Dislikes

This shrub won't be happy in a situation with cold, dry winds and soils that don’t drain well.

Did you know?

You can take cuttings of soft new growth in early summer and root them easily to produce new plants.

Growing guide

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Useful advice

Cuttings: semi-ripe

Cuttings: semi-ripe

Cuttings: softwood

Cuttings: softwood

Shrubs: pruning summer- or autumn-flowering

Shrubs: pruning summer- or autumn-flowering

Trees and shrubs: planting

Trees and shrubs: planting

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