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Top 5 Abelia You Need to Plant Now

Are you looking for a flowering shrub that provides excellent color options throughout the season, is low-maintenance, deer-resistant, great for pollinators, and works in limited space? Abelia may be the choice for you. Here is a list of some of the top varieties Meadows Farms has in stock right now that you need to try out:

Kaleidoscope Abelia

Kaleidoscope Abelia

Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’ is one of the easiest, most versatile plants for your garden. The attractive, evergreen foliage provides three seasons of distinct color: greenish-yellow in the spring, gold in the summer, and beautiful burnt reds in the fall. Adding to its showy appeal, ‘Kaleidoscope’ also adds small, white blooms throughout the summer months. Its low growth habit (2-3 feet width and spread) make ‘Kaleidoscope’ ideal as a low hedge or mass groundcover planting. For more information, check out the listing on our Plant Finder tool.

Edward Goucher Abelia

Edward Goucher Abelia, both blooms and foliage

A hybrid of Abelia Grandiflora, ‘Edward Goucher’ is a compact, semi-evergreen shrub with an upright growth habit of 3 to 5 feet in both height and width. The foliage is very similar to the glossy variety but is tinged with bronze when emerging as new growth. Mid-summer brings clusters of bell-shaped, lilac-pink blooms that last until the fall season. ‘Edward Goucher’ is a low maintenance plant that does best in light shade to full sun. For more information, check out the listing on our Plant Finder tool.

Abelia Grandiflora

'Glossy' Abelia grandiflora

Also known as Glossy Abelia, this rounded, semi-evergreen shrub covered with small, dark green oval leaves with a glossy sheen is quite attractive throughout the year. From late spring until fall the Glossy Abelia is covered with slightly-fragrant, bell-shaped white flowers with a hint of pink that is great for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. They grow to a height and width of 3-6 feet (but can be trimmed to maintain compact shape) and do best in either full sun or part shade. For more information, check out the listing on our Plant Finder tool.

Abelia Rose Creek

Rose Creek Abelia

An attractive variety with glossy green foliage that turns shades of bronze and burgundy in the fall and winter. The white blooms in the summer months mix with rose sepals, which gives this abelia its “rosy” name. These are great for smaller areas of the garden, as it grows to a height and width of around 4 feet but can be trimmed to remain smaller as needed. For more information, check out the listing on our Plant Finder tool.

Abelia Sunshine Daydream

Sunshine Daydream Abelia

This moderate grower offers a showy display of year-round interest. The tricolor tinge of pinks, whites, and greens on new foliage mature to a golden yellow and green hue with hints of pink throughout the rest of the season. Like many other varieties of abelia, ‘Sunshine Daydream complements its showy foliage display with a mass of fragrant white flowers during the summer. ‘Sunshine Daydream’ is low-maintenance and can even tolerate a bit of heat and drought. For more information, check out the listing on our Plant Finder tool.

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27 thoughts on “Top 5 Abelia You Need to Plant Now

  1. Hi, I live in Phoenix. Could you recommend the most heat tolerant of these abelias? Or, do they all need some shade? Our summers can be brutal but maybe when established it will still perform…..

    JoAnne

  2. Hi JoAnne. For the most part, all of the Abelia varieties are heat and drought tolerant. I think a little bit of shade, particularly in the intense heat of the afternoon hours may be best for them starting out. As long as they get 6 or so hours of sun they should work great.

  3. Which varietal is the abelia in the lead photo? It looks the most like a beautiful tree in my neighbor’s yard that spills over our fence. It looks a bit different than the other photos. It also blooms spectacularly in late spring (New England) and is highly fragrant. Thanks!

  4. I believe that is a Sherwoodii variety of Abelia. They have those really nice lavender flowers.

  5. Not all of them. There is a variety called Abelia mosanensis, or Korean abelia, which is similar to the fragrance of lilac, but I haven’t seen those available for sale through our vendors.

  6. I live near Clearwater Fl. and would like to have a hedge of Abelia’s of different variety in full afternoon sun. I would like to invite butterflies,bees,hummingbirds to my yard .This hedge can not be more than 4 feet tall.Can this be done with low maintenance? Thanks

  7. Hi, Peter. This is quite doable. Abelia is a low-maintenance shrub that requires very little care outside of watering once planted. Most varieties do get taller and wider than 4 feet, so you may need to do some light pruning after the flowering season once it begins to get taller than you like to maintain your height requirements.

  8. I have a very tall privet hedge border on a corner lot. The corner area is deep and stemmy at the base. Would an abelia provide interest and color to this corner?

  9. I have planted Abelia looked like compact type in sandy clay soil.It had pink blooms when I planted 2 years ago.Survived the winter in northern virginia but other than round growth it hasnt bloom at all.I love the fragrant blooms and attracting the wildlife birds and bees I would like to plant more abelias that grow more like bush instead compact.But I also need to figure out why my compact abelia hasnt bloom?any advise ? Thank you in advance

  10. The soil that it is in might be hindering root growth, which could in turn stunt the blooms on these. I would try amending the soil around it with good compost and adding a high phosphorus fertilizer to help encourage root growth. This should help push out new blooms. Also, make sure it is getting enough sunlight in the area it’s planted. Abelias need full sun to part shade (4-6 hours) and with too much shade that can also hinder root growth. If it’s not getting enough sun you may want to try and transplant it this fall before it gets too cold so the roots have time to establish before the summer heats return next year.

  11. Plant it now, just make sure that you’re giving it plenty of water during hot, dry spells to help with root growth.

  12. It will be fine so long as it gets enough sunlight in that area. Abelia needs at least 6 hours of sun daily in order to bloom well. Otherwise, that would be a good place for an abelia.

  13. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any Abelia varieties that are native to our areas. Most of the ones I’ve seen are all cultivars.

  14. I live in ND Florida, zone 8, and am thinking of replacing holly hedge with Anemia, not more than 5′ high to make pining easy.

  15. Sorry if this is a duplicate post, my internet is running slow

    Hi,
    We’ve got a few 2-3ft Abelias in front of our townhouse that have been there for many years. (planted by previous owner) We’ve lived here 6 years and honestly not done much with the front plot, since our community uses a once a week landscaping company for general maintenance (has changed companies many times). We noticed them looking scraggly last fall and carefully pruned off some lichen infected branches and dead growth in January. There is now more linchen and bright green moss as well on many of the branches and I’m finding conflicting info for care on the internet. They are also in the shade until about 3/4pm each day and this winter replaced the mulch the landscaping company put down because it was growing white mold….. So my question is: should we prune these plants down to nubs and hope for regrowth? Will they ever really thrive in such a shady area or should we try to transplant to a sunnier area? OR are they doomed and we should bite the bullet and rip them out?

  16. I have Kaleidascope Abelia had very cold spell with temps low as 12 below 0, are my plant likely to survive? Not looking good now!

  17. Hi, Cara. It may be a good idea to try transplanting them into a sunnier spot. Abelias tend to do best in full sun to partial shade (a couple of hours at most). The sunlight should clear out the moss growth. Don’t prune them to nubs though. Just prune enough to shape and clean out any dead areas. See if that helps and if they have not shown improvement this season than it might be best to start over after that. But I think if they get more sunlight they’ll do fine.

  18. It’s difficult to say as 12 below temps are rare for them. They will likely look pretty bad this season as they recover from the shock they went through. Keep an eye on them and they should hopefully flush out some new growth as it warms up. If you don’t see any new growth throughout the spring and they continue to go downhill, they may need to be replaced.

  19. I love the Kaleidoscope abelias, but having a challenge finding it in local nurseries. I did find the Canyon creek abelia. What is the difference between the two?

  20. Kaleidoscope has variegated leaves while the Canyon Creek varieties have traditional green leaves. Also, I believe Canyon Creek are semi-evergreen in our area, while Kaleidoscope are evergreen. Other than that their growth and habit are practically identical.

  21. It depends on the variety. There are some, like Kaleidoscope, that are considered evergreens in our area. Most though are semi-evergreen, meaning they will lose around 50% of their foliage in the winter months before flushing back out the following spring.

  22. I am searching for dwarf abelia for a circular flower bed and am finding only varieties that grow taller than I want. Can you recommend an abelia that is small. I’m hoping for one with pink flowers and glossy green leaves but size is the most important factor. I live in zone 8.

  23. I’m looking for a fragrant abelia that would do well in morning sun in New Hampshire zone 5.

  24. Most Camellias a safe down to zone 6, so there aren’t that many I know of that will work. There is a variety called “Korean Fire” that claims to be hardy to zone 5, so that might be an option.

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