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Regional Picks: Water-Wise Plants – Mid-Atlantic

Fine Gardening – Issue 170



1. Glossy Abelia


Name: Abelia × grandiflora

Usda Hardiness Zone: 6 to 10

Size: Up to 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil

A steadfast plant that has been cultivated for over 100 years, glossy abelia has characteristics to fit every garden. It tolerates sun, shade, heat, judicious pruning, and dry conditions. Fast growing, it can be cut back to about 12 to 18 inches in late winter or early spring to control density, or be left alone so it can be used as a thick hedgerow. A semi-evergreen shrub that blooms from late spring until frost, this plant has four solid seasons of interest. Small clusters of fragrant, pinkish-white flowers linger on the tips of the stems for a while before drying beautifully in fall. The blooms eventually give way to bronze foliage in winter. This is a great shrub for attracting butterflies.


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