The abelia is a flowering plant named for a British physician named Clark Abel. Abelia is a genus of plants that includes 15-30 different hybrids of honeysuckle. It is a bushing plant, commonly known by the name glossy abelia because of its glossy green leaves.
The abelia plant grows up to 6 to 8 feet tall, and grows as wide as it does tall. The branches are woody, resulting in several trunks for a single plant. They can be pruned to be raised as plants, or allowed to grow freely as shrubs. Leaves are oval and serrated, ranging in color from deep green to reddish purple.
Abelia plants require well-drained soil. Soil should be kept moist, but not wet. They flourish in full sun to partial shade, and need at least 8 hours of sunlight during the day. They will give blooms more easily if they are planted in full sun.
To create an abelia hedge, the plants should be planted 2-3 feet apart from one another. This enables the plants to grow close to one another, creating a natural wall of greenery.
Abelia blooms grow in clusters. The flowers are funnel-shaped, and range in color from lavender to pale pink with orange necks. The abelia blooms continually from July through September.
Remove dead flowers regularly to promote new flower growth. This also makes for a more aesthetically-pleasing plant.
In September, cut back the flowering stems to give the plant a nice shape.
In April, cut back any dead stems and pull off dead or wilted leaves.