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Abelia x grandiflora Sunshine Daydream

Evergreen shrub with colourful foliage and clusters of decorative flowers

This easy to grow shrub has glossy, fresh green leaves with a creamy yellow edge. New spring growth is flushed red, creating interest early in the year. Tubular white flowers with a sweet smell are produced through the summer, much to the delight of bees.


A sunny or partially shaded spot 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 March - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering May - October
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 120 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 120 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
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 March to September