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Abelia And Spirea

The Abelia and Spirea shrubs are two plants that will show off their delicate flowers in the spring and summer months. The Abelia family will do well in zones five through nine and full sun or partial shade. The shrubs will thrive if given at least six hours of sunlight. Once established, this is a great drought tolerant plant. It is an evergreen shrub and can mature three to six feet high and three to six feet wide. The plants have an upright form but also displays their natural open and airy growth pattern.

Abelia Flowers, Full Shrub, And Dwarf Variety

Soft Abelia  Flowers
Dwarf Abelia

The eloquent white bell shape flowers will emerge in June and last until the first frost. In the winter time in colder regions, the leaves may die out. When the air and ground temperature rises in the mist of springtime, the leaves will quickly begin to appear. Each of these plant specimens can create a warm and soft accent in any garden setting.

Variegated Abelia

Variegated Abelia
Full Abelia Plant

The different varieties of this plant family allows you to create your own unique look in any style of garden. The Edward Goucher is a dwarf version and is suited as a ground cover or foundation plant. The pink flowers will accent a solid color evergreen shrub such as a Globosa Nana or small Holly. The Kaleiscope variety is noted for its variegated leaves and will compliment the Loropetalum.

The Chinensis and the X Grandiflora are two popular bigger plant specimens. They look striking as a hedge or even a privacy setting along a fence. These two plant specimens also attracts butterflies and will do well in a butterfly garden.

Little Princess Spirea

Little Princess Spirea
Clusters Of Spirea Delicate Flowers

The Spirea is another wonderful ornamental shrub that can fit into almost any garden or landscape area. The Spirea will grow well in zones three through nine. This shrub will mature anywhere from six to eight feet high and six to ten feet wide. It loves full sun and is considered deciduous. There are also a variety of specimens in this plant family. The Spirea is known for its mass of white blooms in the springtime.

The Baby's Breath is one of the most popular shrubs to use as a hedge along the side of your home, and can hide an eye sore such as an air conditioner unit or other utility structure. In the fall, the Baby Breath Abelia takes on a new face and turns into a spectacular bronze color. This is a magnificent show with other fall foliage. The white flower varieties will also create a splendid appearance in front of a Norway Spruce, Cedars or different species of Pine, such as a White Pine. The smaller or dwarf Spireas take center stage in the summer months and produce delicate pink blossoms.

The Little Princess shown in the pictures above are one of my favorites. The tiny rich pink color can be a showcase around a Japanese Maple or some varieties of the Cypress family. You can read more about the Cypress family by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

One tip for older Spirea Plants, pruning can be done once a year by cutting the branches back to ground level. Do this for three years in a row and your Spirea will produce massive flowers and full foliage just like a younger plant. Their delicate appearance as well as versatile use in many different landscape settings, is a great reason to consider planting either of these shrubs. Both the Abelia and the Spirea remind me of an old-fashion garden. Plan now for your future gardens and landscape.

Herbee loves to incorporate both of these specimens around some solid color evergreen trees or shrubs. One of the highlights of these shrubs is creating a privacy area or back drop of Arborvitae. Position both of these shrubs at opposite ends in front of the backdrop. You can also plant some Junipers in between the Abelia and Spirea. Both of these specimens are hardy and once established, will thrive in a well drained soil. A tip if planting this shrub in a colder climate, plant in an area that doesn't receive strong winds and also a limited amount of morning sunshine. All varieties of the Abelia can be pruned back in the fall and remove the dead canes.

Herbeee Sends More Landscape Insights Your Way.

Arborvitae --- Juniper Bushes

Cyrpess Family --- More Companion Plants

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