Abelia Shrub Landscaping Ideas
The Abelia shrub is an excellent choice if you are looking for a semi-evergreen shrub. Its dark green lustrous leaves and fragrant tubular flowers bloom profusely from summer through fall. The Abelia is a member of the honeysuckle family and is small in size, ranging from 3 to 4 feet depending upon the variety and the planting location.
Shape choices are an extra benefit also. They range from a dense, rounded form to a graceful arching habit depending upon the variety, and the tubular flowers are gorgeous purple-pink in color. Beautiful, low maintenance and no pest problems make this shrub a perfect choice to put on your shopping list this season.
Use The Abelia Shrub For
- Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. They are a preferred nectar source to swallowtail butterflies and hummingbirds love their tubular blossoms.
- Plant en masse to create a shrub border
- Utilizing the foliage and arching habit in combination with ornamental grasses or broadleaf evergreens
- A privacy screen when using the taller varieties
- Rock garden planting. Just remember to select a site that is as sunny as possible. And at least half the day in winter time.
Other Great Companions
The Abelia shrub and Spirea shrubs make great companion plants. Both are hardy and once established, thrive in an acidic, well drained soil. And when Spring comes, the flowers will continue through summer, adding a warm accent to just about any garden area.
They look especially beautiful with a dark green backdrop which can be easily created by planting solid color evergreen trees or shrubs behind them. Or space them apart with some junipers planted in between. Then under plant with a pink flowering, blue leafed dianthus. Add some Siberian iris and armeria (sea thrift) in soft pastels like pink and lavender.
Plant some pink or purple clematis behind it with a white trellis and you have created a beautiful new garden to show off your Abelia shrub. Just wait for the compliments to start coming!