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Abelia x grandiflora Frances Mason

Dramatic multi-coloured foliage and fragrant flowers

Festooned with clusters of beautifully scented, blush coloured flowers from late summer right through to the autumn, this easy to grow semi-evergreen shrub makes an elegant, arching shape, ideal for the middle of a border. The new spring leaves are bright yellow and flushed red. In autumn, they intensify to rich gold shades. This is a plant for all seasons.


Perfect for a sunny or partially shaded border in any garden soil.


Water occasionally in dry weather until established.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring
Flowering May - October
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 110 cm - 130 cm
Plant width 125 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From April to September