Abelia, once the stalwart of gardens in our area and are back and on trend in the modern garden. Very easy to grow they became popular because of interesting foliage accompanied by showy flowers and the fact that they are fast growers. Versatile in the landscape there is a use for Abelia in any garden. Their shiny leaves have earned them the name Glossy Abelia and in recent years they have had a makeover with new varieties which provide a range of colours and forms.
When allowed to grow as a shrub Abelia has gracefully arching branches with bright, glossy foliage and bell shaped white flowers. Glossy Abelia grow well in a mixed shrub border and has a long season of flowering from midsummer to late autumn. Use it for hedging, to separate garden areas, as a screen or along a foundation.
Mostly flowering in white there are new varieties with mauve to pink flowers on the market which are too cute. The Glossy Abelia is the original with its glossy dark green leaves and then came the yellow leafed Abelias. We love the new cream leafed ones and the larger flowers on the new varieties are just as attractive.
Abelia will grow best in sun but the green leaved varieties will take a half day shade to dappled shade quite well. The yellow leaved varieties have better colour the more full sun they get.
When planting them either as a shrub or as a hedge, dig a hole at least 2 times the size of the original container or bag. Next mix 1 part compost or acid compost to the excavated soil with a handful of Bone Meal to stimulate root strong roots. Add a handful of BioGanic to encourage good growth. Insert the plant, mound the soil slightly and mulch with an additional layer of compost as a mulch.
There is no regular maintenance required growing Abelias. Although they are water wise they will be a lot lusher if they receive regular watering.
They do benefit from a good cutback in early spring to rejuvenate the growth and this will add to the strong branches and overall arching effect of the shrub. Feeding them with BioGanic or 3:2:1 fertiliser regularly through the summer months will encourage more growth which will add to the overall impact of the plant.
If one grows them as a hedge or as a clipped ball they will need to be shaped quite often. Quick to establish means that they are fast growing and with that as a clipped shrub then you will need more shearing.