Abelia 'Edward Goucher' (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’

This shrub blooms from summer to late autumn, which will make the pollinators happy.

  • Friday, September 30, 2022 1:30am
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What: The shrub Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’ offers an extended bloom time — from summer into late autumn — of tubular,½-inch-long, soft pink flowers provides beauty and pollinator sustenance. The glossy leaves emerge with a red tinge in springtime and mature to dark green on a multi-stemmed shrub with upright gracefully arching branches.

Where: Plant ‘Edward Goucher’ in full sun or light shade for the best flowering. It prefers rich, well-drained soil, but will tolerate poor compacted soils and clay.

Size: Grows to 6 feet high by 5 feet wide in 10 years.

Care: Water occasionally – every 10 to 14 days during dry periods or regularly – once per week – for more lush growth. Abelia grows by producing strong upright arching canes that will flower heavily over the first three to four years. Allow these strong growing arching canes to grow and selectively prune out the older twiggy branches near the ground.

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