One of my all time favourite shrubs, this plant gives you scent and colour from late spring, throughout the summer and well into autumn. Abelia x grandiflora is a vigorous evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub with an arching habit. It is not a particularly tidy shrub but the arching stems give a wonderful feeling of movement. This shrub will grow to around 3m high and 4m in diameter. The leaves are glossy and dark green and the flowers are funnel shaped and pink tinged white. They cluster together and offer beautiful fragrance.
My Abelia x grandiflora is sited in a mixed border against the wall of my house. The border is west facing and can get very dry and extremely hot during the summer months. This shrub thrives in these conditions and, thus far, has remained evergreen.