Abelia Plants (Abelia x grandiflora). A great plant for the Southwest as they are evergreen and will flower throughout the summer months. They are moderate watering shrubs once they become established. They will change colors as the seasons go by.
The growth rate 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?
They can be planted in full or partial sun. They 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 is will grow at a moderate rate about 3-4″ per year but 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 Abliea Plants pictured below.
The Kaleidoscope Abelia
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 flower from early June till late October. Plant several of them in a row for a nice short hedge.
USDA Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Sunset climate zones 4 – 24, 28 – 35
Other companion plants to use. The Red tip photinia place 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 mulch to help with moisture during the mid-summer months.
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