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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Lavender, White


Colourful new growth, Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by S & O, copyright GAP Photos (112296)

Plant details

A beautiful medium-sized July and October flowering shrub, slow-growing and ideal for smaller gardens. Plants are evergreen in mild winters, but need protection from hard frosts. In really exposed sites plants can be cut down in autumn and then insulated with a 15cm (6in) mulch of bark, cleared away again in early spring or they may be left to take their chance, cutting them down in March if damaged over winter. In areas that do not have such a harsh climate plants should be pruned in April to remove any dead or damaged wood. The soft pink flowers are lightly fragrant and are produced from June until October. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Abelia

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Lavender, White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to take cuttings: May to July

Time to prune: March to April

Reader reviews


Great evergreen plant. Review says it needs protection but mine has suffered wind and snow without a Mark. I have mine in clay soil and use as a hedging plant at the front of the border. The flowers are small but add interest, slightly scented.Low maintenance , just trim lightly after flowering. Do not cut into old wood.

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