2-3 Litre Pot
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full sun/light shade
- Soil: Fertile, well drained
- Growth rate: Moderate
- Flowering period: June -October
- Hardiness: H5
- Eventual height: 1.5 – 2.5m
- Eventual spread: 1.5 – 2.5m
Abelia Edward Goucher, a recipient of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit is a compact, upright, semi-evergreen shrub that belongs to the Caprifoliaceae family. It is a hybrid species that resulted from crossing Abelia Chinensis with Abelia Uniflora. The plant was first introduced by Edward Goucher, a nurseryman from Baltimore, Maryland in the early 1900s.
This species has a compact, upright growth habit and can reach a height of up to 2.5 metres with a similar spread. Its foliage is a glossy dark green, which transforms into a purplish-bronze colour during the Autumn. The leaves are ovate, pointed, and have a serrated margin. The plant produces an abundance of tubular-shaped, fragrant flowers that emerge from pink buds. The flowers are light pink and have a white throat. They appear in clusters in late Spring to early Summer and continue blooming until the first frost.
This is a low maintenance plant that is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, including loamy, sandy, or clay soils, and it prefers a well-drained soil with average moisture levels. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and is tolerant of drought, heat, and humidity.
It is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of landscape settings. It makes an excellent specimen plant or can be used in mass plantings, hedges, or mixed borders. It is also a good plant for attracting butterflies to the garden. With its attractive foliage, fragrant flowers, and ease of care, this is a popular choice for gardeners looking to add colour and interest to their landscapes.
How to care for your Abelia Edward Goucher
- Planting: Choose a location that receives full sun to partial shade and has well-drained soil. Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball and plant the shrub at the same depth as it was in the container. Water thoroughly after planting and add a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture.
- Watering: Prefers consistent moisture levels, but it is also drought tolerant once established. Water deeply once a week during dry periods and avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.
- Fertilising: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in early Spring before new growth appears. Repeat every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season if necessary.
- Pruning: Prune in late Winter or early Spring before new growth appears. Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased wood, and trim back any branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other. This will help maintain a compact shape and promote new growth.
By following these simple care guidelines, Abelia Edward Goucher can provide years of beauty and enjoyment in the garden.