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Glossy Abelia

Abelia

Applauded as a first-class shrub for the smaller garden according to the internationally esteemed Hillier Nursery, this resilient AGM recipient was bred in 1911 by Edward Goucher, a U.S.D.A. employee who masterminded the Abelia x grandiflora and Abelia shumannii cross. Gracefully arching upright branches and shiny ovate dark green leaves cushion a summer-long pollinator-friendly flourish of clustered funnel-shaped lilac-pink flowers with orange-yellow throats plus persistent copper-hued sepals. Remaining evergreen in warmer locales and broadcasting a cozy purplish bronze sheen once fall arrives, ‘Edward Goucher’s compact bushy habit can be sheared into an amenable informal hedge, featured singularly or planted en masse in shrubby borders and along foundations. Good drainage and protection from extreme winter cold sustain its nearly year-round handsome form.

Blooms June–September

Size: 3' 0" – 6' 0" high x 3' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Zone 6b/7.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Our feature plant: Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpii

Precious Primulas, Prized Pulmonarias and Fabulous Foliage!

Primulas offer elaborately-crafted colorful blooms in varied shapes,……

including draped bells, candelabras, drumsticks and pincushions. Many Primrose flowers  waft a delectable scent. Second-to-none for the dappled recesses of your garden, these easily grown, cold-hardy Primulas crave well-drained, humus-rich niches with adequate moisture and good air circulation. They can grace containers or be planted in swaths along shady walkways or in woodland gardens. Be sure to peruse our online Primulas.

Prized Pulmonarias……

One of the earliest perennials to bloom, you can be picking their enchanting urn-shaped flowers in February while the rest of the garden still slumbers. Many cultivars showcase an array of mercury-hued dapples, speckles and spots, while others sport solid pewter sheens or striking silver streaks. Easy-to-grow Pulmonarias prefer the lacy light of a woodland setting plus cool moist soil. Our newsletter also includes a handful of other shade-loving perennials that promise alluring foliage. Many of these perennials can be partnered with Pulmonarias for intriguing foliar contrast. You may wish to check out our online Pulmonaria offerings.

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