An ornamental shrub with a small picturesque flowers in pink and violet shades, which are characterized by red bracts. Considered to be evergreen in its southern range, it will lose 50% of its leaves in colder climates, the remaining leaves taking on a more pronounced red color. Tubular flowers appear at the tips of the stem and tops of the leaves. They bloom during the entire period, which can last under favorable conditions all year, and giving off a wonderful scent of lilac.
This plant is straightforward to care for, so it is suitable even for amateur gardeners. Ideally plant it near a south facing wall to protect from harsh winds, it’ slow growing (growing to a height of 3-6’, 1-1.8 m tall) ideal for the smaller garden.
Latin Name: Abelia Grandiflora Edward Goucher
English Name: Abelia Grandiflora Edward Goucher
Foliage Type: Semi-evergreen.
Flowering Period: Summer-Autumn.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Moist but well-drained. Sand, Chalk, Loam.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight or Half Shade.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered.
Hardiness Rating: Hight (H5)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: Less than -15°C (5 °F)
Growth Habit: Bushy
Cultivation: Very easy to grow in reasonable conditions although not fully hardy; requires a sheltered, sunny position.
Propagation: Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Low Maintenance Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden.
Pruning: Pruning group 8. May need hard pruning (Pruning Group 6) every 3 to 4 years.
Pests: Generally pest free.
Diseases: Generally disease free.
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