These versatile shrubs are great for mixed borders and can bring a real cottage garden look when mixed in with other flowers, many of which may come and go but Abelia will give at least five months of pretty much continuous flowering!

Abelia shrubs can be trimmed to make colourful Abelia hedges, whether grown as shrubs or hedges, these floriferous plants are usually trimmed in late winter or early spring as this allows time for the branches to grow and develop in early summer and the flowers are subsequently produced at the ends of these branches right through until autumn.

Abelia hedges tend to be more informal in nature if the flowers are valued. By trimming Abelia hedging plants more frequently its easy to have a very formal and neat Abelia hedge, but the flowers are usually sacrificed. With such colourful and decorative glossy foliage and many colours this may not be a problem.

We stock a range of varieties including the larger growing Abelia x Grandiflora, together with a selection of newer and more compact types, many with colourful foliage and being much smaller they are also make ideal container plants for a sunny patio or terrace.

How to grow Abelia

Position: Sun or partial shade, not suited to cold inland situations where shelter will give better results, but does very well by the sea.
Foliage: Semi Evergreen, leaves persist for most of the year but many may drop in very cold spells (and re leaf the following spring)
Soil and site: Any soil except very dry
Flowering time: Continuously through summer and autumn.
Growth rate: From slow/moderate 15-20cm per year through to moderate/fast at 40-60cm per year.
Ultimate height and spread: Smaller types around 100cm high and wide, Abelia grandiflora 250cm x 250cm.
Hardiness: Moderately hardy, best in a sunny sheltered spot.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Prune or trim in late winter/early spring.