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Abelia

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If you buy an Abelia, you will receive a decorative shrub that is exceptionally easy to grow and fits in any garden design. The large-flowered Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora) adorns itself with shiny, dark green leaves and shows its delicate, fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers in lavish abundance from July to September. Bees and butterflies are magically attracted to the flowers. All forms of exotic Abelias enrich every garden – they are suitable for natural hedges, borders and sunny areas around the house. They are especially ideal for small gardens, as they usually grow very compact.

In our latitudes, Abelias usually appear semi-evergreen and are sufficiently hardy with the appropriate protection – the established woody plants also score well with good drought tolerance. Take a look at our Lubera assortment if you would like to plant these shrub beauties – we have put together attractive varieties for you that shine in different flower colours.

 

Buy Abelia – A Jewel For Containers & Gardens

These delicate shrubs form slightly curved shoots and have a plump, dense habit. Abelias have a lot to offer in terms of their flowers: they bloom extremely lushly and for a long time. There is a large variety of forms and colours of these flowers in the Lubera range – here are two examples of the varieties that we offer in our shop:

• Abelia x grandiflora 'Sparkling Silver' grows as a small shrub and enchants the beholder with its light pink, funnel-shaped flowers.

• Abelia x grandiflora 'Sunny Charms' features cheerful, peach-coloured flowers with pink speckles and a yellow centre. Its scent is very spicy.

 

   
 
Abelie ' Edward Goucher'

Abelia grandiflora 'Edward Goucher'

£21.40 *

No image available Abelie 'Pastel Charm'

Abelia grandiflora 'Pastel Charm'

£21.40 *

Abelie 'Pinky Bells'

Abelia grandiflora 'Pinky Bells'

£21.40 *

No image available Abelie 'Sunny Charm'

Abelia grandiflora 'Sunny Charm'

£21.40 *

No image available Glossy Abelia 'Sparkling Silver'

Abelia grandiflora 'Sparkling Silver' has variegated leaves and pink flowers

£21.40 *

   
 

Abelie kaufen

History of Abelia

The genus Abelia contains about 30 different species of flowering shrubs and a variety of hybrids. The popular shrubs belong to the honeysuckle family. They are found naturally in East Asia (from western Japan to the Himalayan regions) and Mexico. They are described as evergreen (in warmer regions) or semi-evergreen – in the winter they lose about half of their leaves in colder regions.

If Abelia x grandiflora grows as a semi-evergreen shrub, its leaves turn dark red in autumn. In protected places, it can reach a height of 3 metres, but usually it remains smaller in our latitudes (the height is about 1.5 metres). The funnel-like flowers are now available in many shades and show up on this year’s wood.

Abelias were named after a doctor named Clarke Abel, who was also a naturalist and attempted to ship Abelia plants and seeds from China to Europe. Unfortunately, this did not succeed due to an accident. Later, a Scottish botanist had more luck – Abelia chinensis was imported in 1844 and Abelia uniflora in 1849.

The large-flowered Abelia was bred from Abelia chinensis and Abelia uniflora.

The Right Location

When you buy an Abelia, it thrives best in full sun and partial shade. The soil can be slightly alkaline to acidic, and in addition, a humus, loose soil (with a high sand content) is ideal. Strongly loamy soils are not a good choice for Abelias and a high proportion of peat should be avoided as much as possible – in this case you should add looser, inorganic material to your soil (sand, limestone, split). Although the trees appreciate a humid location in the year of planting, waterlogging, as with most other shrubs, causes problems. When planting you should improve a lean soil with organic material (compost).

Maintenance

In the case of young shrubs you should water abundantly before the onset of winter in order to prevent the soil from drying out. Mulch and straw warm the sensitive roots – a permanent mulching of the soil is recommended as it helps to keep the moisture in the soil better. In early spring, the plants are happy with organic fertilisation.

Pruning Abelias

Abelias do not need any special cutting measures. However, some varieties tend to grow more widely and therefore require a pruning. Overall, a cut is advisable from time to time. If necessary, you can prune your shrub in the spring. Newer forms, for example 'Edward Goucher', grow quite compact and therefore rarely have to be cut. It is advisable to give a selective cut, although radical pruning is well tolerated.

Hardiness and Ideal Protection

When you buy an Abelia, you should know that it is hardy to about -15°C.  Although in general it will not survive a long frost period at this temperature.  In any case, it needs a very good protection.

When planted outdoors, especially in rougher areas, you should apply a warming layer of mulch in the bottom area and cover the shrub with a fleece.

In the winter, Abelias should possibly be moved to a winter quarters. Temperatures should range between +5°C and + 10°C – higher temperatures are not recommended. An unheated conservatory would be the optimal location for this shrub. Alternatively, you can overwinter the plant outdoors: place your planter in a sheltered, shady spot and wrap the plant twice with fleece. The planter should also be insulated. During the wintering, the shrub needs little water, however it should not completely dry out.

 

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