Native to eastern Asia and southern North America, Abelia plant is a part of the Honeysuckle family. It has an old fashioned charm with a unique frondescence. Another plus point is the fragrant flowers.
Abelia is pretty low-maintenance. They are known to spread, so plant them accordingly. They are good container plants too.
They can grow in full or partial sun although around 5-6 hours of direct sun is preferable. Place the plant in a sunny location for best blossoms.
The flowers are white to light pink in color and have a sweet scent. Flowering season is usually early summer to late winter. They don't really need pruning and grow into a beautiful shape naturally but you can prune if you want to give them a specific shape.
Newly planted Abelia should be watered regularly throughout the growing season. But after that, water when the soil feels dry. Once a week, should be enough. Abelia grown in container will require watering more frequently especially during the summer months.
Excess moisture can lead to root rot so do not over-water.
The plant prefers a well-drained soil but can also endure slightly clayey or dry soil. It's pretty hardy like that. Just mix in some organic matter. Make sure the container has drainage holes.
The average height of the plant ranges from 6 to 10 feet.
They spread around 6 feet in the ground cover.
Use a slow release shrub type fertilizer. The fertilizer should contain Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (N-P-K) in equal proportion (10:10:10). Fertilize mid-summer when the plant is at its peak blooming stage.
It doesn't have any major pest or disease problems. Aphids can be a problem sometimes. You can get rid of them by spraying them with water.
Easy to maintain, they will add a unique beauty to your garden. The sweet scented flowers are attractive to butterflies. You can also use it as a shrub border.