For city gardeners, space can be at a premium. That makes compact shrubs particularly appealing. One especially inviting smaller-size evergreen shrub is Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’ PP16,988 (patent pending). One look at its multi-colored foliage and the appeal is obvious. White flowers in late summer seem to float above the bowl of foliage like nature spirits. But don’t let this plant’s beauty fool you. Abelias in general, and this variety in particular, are tough, resilient shrubs. Abelias need a better press agent. You would think that a four-season shrub that offers a Joseph’s coat of foliage with very little upkeep would be near the top of many a gardener’s list, but it’s only recently that gardeners are casting a favorable eye on this great performer. Bees and hummingbirds certainly know a good thing when they see it. Abelia’s half-inch flared white flowers are a popular destination for these pollinators during this shrub’s late-summer flowering season. More Gardening Home DesignBy Earl NickelMake your garden a welcome mat in butterfly seasonHome DesignBy Earl Nickel‘Species columbine’: More bloom for the buckHome DesignBy Earl NickelMahonia shrub chases winter blues away with blooms As a nurseryman, I’m always pointing out that with evergreen shrubs you… Read full this story
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