Abelia Plants

Abelia Plants Moderate Water

Last updated on April 6th, 2024 at 12:52 pm

Abelia Plants (Abelia x grandiflora).  A great plant for the Southwest as they are evergreen and will flower throughout the summer months. They are moderately watering shrubs once they become established. The foliage will change colors as the seasons go by. In mid-winter, the leaves will turn a light burgundy color.The growth rate is about 3-4″ per year but compact in shape and can be used as a short hedge inside a patio or a courtyard.

Where to place these plants?

It is best to plant them in full or partial sun. Abelia plants don’t mind being placed underneath a large shade tree as long as there is filtered sun shining through. They will grow to about 3 maybe 4ft. in height and about the same in width.

It will grow at a moderate rate about 3-4″ per year but is compact in shape and can be used as a short hedge inside a patio or courtyard.

When to prune the Abelia Plant?

The best time to prune them is in late winter or early spring.  Use good hedge pruning shears to do the job.  Early spring is also a good time to fertilize this plant use a good all-purpose 20-20-20 type fertilizer to help it come out of its winter color.

Water every day for the first month at initial planting then cut back to every other day on a drip emitter system 30 minutes will work or if watering by hand apply about 4-5 gallons of water each time.

Here are three varieties of Abelia Plants pictured below.

The Kaleidoscope Abelia

It is bright, golden yellow variegated green leaves.  With brilliant red stems that create a striking kaleidoscope color. It is low growing and compact in size making it perfect for an evergreen garden

Abelia Kaleidoscope flower – Latin name – Abelia x grandiflora Kaleidoscope


You can see other types of Abelia at monrovia.com.

The Glossy Abelia

Glossy Abelia is somewhat taller about 5 ft. tall and wide.  It produces small shiny leaves thus its name! It can tolerate full sun and partial shade it will bloom light pink flowers from early June till late October.  Plant several of them in a row for a nice short hedge.

Abelia Plants
Glossy Abelia plant

One of the most exciting things about abelia plants is their ability to adapt to various environments. Abelia plants can thrive in almost any condition, whether you have a small backyard or a shady corner. Their hardiness and resilience make them an excellent choice for those who want low-maintenance landscaping options. Plus, with their compact size, abelia plants are perfect for small gardens or containers.

When it comes to landscaping, abelia plants offer a wide range of options. Their graceful arching branches can be pruned to create stunning hedges or borders. Their vibrant blooms attract butterflies and other pollinators, adding an extra touch of magic to your outdoor space. And let’s not forget about their foliage! With variegated leaves in shades of green, gold, and burgundy, abelia plants can provide year-round interest and color.


Abelia Plants

USDA Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Sunset climate zones 4 – 24, 28 – 35

Other companion plants to use. The Red tip photinia places them in the background for a great landscaping effect.  Use the Red Bird of Paradise in the background during summer for an explosion of color in summer.

Always use a good mulch to help with moisture during the mid-summer months.


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