Abelia Zanderi Little Richard is a semi-evergreen dwarf abelia with dark green foliage and tiny white flowers. It suits sunny compact gardens and is suitable for pots.
Abelias are native to Mexico and Eastern Asia where they enjoy the hot climate. Little Richard is a sport of Abelia Sherwood and was discovered by plantsman Richard Currin. It’s an attractive and hardworking semi-evergreen shrub that will retain most of its foliage in the UK but may lose some in colder areas of the north.
Young red shoots emerge in spring displaying glossy green foliage that often has a bronze tint. Soon after, pretty white trumpet-shaped flowers appear in clusters and last from July to October. The blooms are fragrant and very attractive to bees & other pollinators. During winter Abelia Little Richard brings structure and shape to a bare garden.
This is a good choice for hot, dry gardens as abelias are sun lovers.
Height And Spread of Abelia Zanderi Little Richard Abelia Little Richard is a small, compact shrub that reaches 60 cms in height and up to a metre in width.
How Hardy Is Abelia Zanderi Little Richard Little Richard is hardy in the UK down to minus temperatures if it’s placed in a sheltered well-drained spot. Once established it is drought resistant and rarely bothered by pests.
How To Use Abelia Zanderi Little Richard This is a great choice for hot sunny borders or large containers in coastal regions. Abelia Little Richard hugs the soil and is wider than it is tall creating thick ground cover or filling the middle section of a border. Because the small fragrant flowers are so attractive to bees, it's also a great companion in a wildlife garden.
How To Care For Abelia Zanderi Little Richard Abelia is best grown in full sun in well-drained borders for the best flowers, but Little Richard can tolerate partial shade as well. It isn’t fussy about soil pH or conditions and will grow in acid to alkaline soils equally so long as they are well-drained.
Choose a sheltered spot that catches plenty of sun and water well until established. Abelia Little Richard doesn’t need pruning but you can cut out dead or crossed branches in winter or reduce the size by a third all over if you need to. Too much pruning can reduce flowering so be judicial in how much you take off.