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Abelia Grandiflora Sunshine Daydream is a variegated evergreenshrub with pretty scented white flowers. It’s perfect for a container or mixed border.
Abelia Sunshine Daydream (synonymous with Abelia Grandiflora Abelops), is a fairly new bushy variety of Abelia from Holland that’s still quite rare in UK gardens. In spring new red-flushed foliage appears and gradually matures to green through to yellow edged in winter. The tubular flowers bloom in late spring. They are pretty in white with a touch of pink and a strong, sweet scent. Flowers are borne throughout the summer often lasting until the frosts. During winter, Abelia Sunshine Daydream retains its attractive foliage and bushy architectural shape.
Height And Spread of Abelia Grandiflora Sunshine Daydream Abelia Sunshine Daydream can grow to 1.5 by 1.5 metres over 5 – 10 years.
How Hardy Is Abelia Grandiflora Sunshine Daydream Abelia Sunshine Daydream is frost hardy in the UK but needs full sun and shelter from harsh drying winds to flower well.
How To Use Abelia Grandiflora Sunshine Daydream This bushy evergreen works well in the mixed border of an informal garden, a courtyard, a gravel garden, or a low maintenance urban garden that needs an injection of colour. Its densely rounded structure provides shelter for hibernating insects and the scented flowers attract beneficial pollinators throughout the summer into late autumn when there are few other flowers for them. Abelia will grow in a container on a patio or deck, so long as it is well watered and fed.
How To Care For Abelia Grandiflora Sunshine Daydream Sunshine Daydream needs full sun to flower well and enjoys a sheltered spot that’s free from harsh winds. Most well-drained fertile soils are suitable as it’s not fussy about acid or alkaline conditions. You can leave Abelia to grow freely, but if you’d like to keep it smaller or maintain a certain shape you can prune it after the frosts but before any new growth. Cut back a third of older wood and remove any dead branches. Keep deadheading throughout the summer to encourage flowers and apply a thick layer of mulch to its roots in spring to seal in moisture and provide nutrients for a strong season of growth.