Thursday, June 1, 2023

This Month in the Garden Feature Flowering Shrub: Abelia Kaleidoscope

This Month in the Garden: Feature Shrub Abelia Kaleidoscope
Welcome to This Month in the Garden! This month's feature plant selection is Abelia Kaleidoscope, an outstanding evergreen shrub known for its array of colorful bright golden and pink hues on a backdrop of medium green foliage, which changes color throughout the seasons. Starting in springtime as golden yellow to lime green, deeper orangey-red foliage develops as the season progresses. An additional attribute is the shrub's brilliant red stems, which along with colorful foliage, create a dramatic display of color throughout all four seasons. For even more interest, tubular fragrant pinkish-white blooms appear in summer and last into early fall. 

Abelia Kaleidoscope Springtime

Hardy in USDA zone 6-9, Abelia Kaleidoscope is a compact shrub, growing to just 2-3 feet high by 3-4 feet wide and is ideal for small spaces in the landscape, such as along a patio, foundation planting, or border planting. It prefers a location with full sun to partial shade and a moderately moist, well-drained soil.
Abelia Kaleidoscope Autumn
While little pruning is necessary, Abelia blooms on old wood; therefore, any pruning to shape the plant should take place after flowering. In late winter to early spring before new growth emerges, up to one third of the plant can be pruned to maintain a desired size. Abelia Kaleidoscope is pollinator friendly, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and is also known to be deer resistant. If you are looking for the perfect compact and colorful shrub for your landscape, that will provide interest in every season, Abelia Kaleidoscope may be the selection for you!
Abelia Kaleidoscope Blooms

I hope you enjoyed This Month in the Garden for the month of June. Be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures! Also, be sure to check out my author page and books for gardening information and helpful advice, all based on my 27 years of experience as a landscape designer and ongoing involvement in the horticultural field. Until we meet again...Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2010-2023. All rights reserved. 


  1. Oh, that's beautiful! So much color, from base to flowers. :)

  2. I didn't know this bush Abelia, Lee. It's pretty one. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend.


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