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Abelia x grandiflora Radience

Great all year round interest

The best variegated abelia growing to form a low mounded shrub up to 90cm (3ft) tall with a similar spread. Small evergreen leaves with creamy yellow margins age to soft green edged with creamy white, a striking combination with the red stems. Pale pink bell-shaped flowers appear on the tips of the shoots in late summer and autumn, these appreciated by bumble bees and late butterflies. A great shrub for the small garden.


Plant in sun or semi-shade at the front of a beds or border or in a pot. Excellent low accent plant. Contrast with plain evergreens.


Any well-drained fertile soil. No pruning required. Remove any dead or damaged shoots in early spring. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring
Flowering July - October
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 60 cm - 90 cm
Plant width 90 cm - 120 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
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 Cottage garden, Patio container, Courtyard garden, Mediterranean garden

Typically available

From March to September