Gardening Articles: Landscaping :: Trees, Shrubs, & Vines

A Kaleidoscope of Color

by Susan Littlefield


Flowers add to the beauty of the garden, but for season-long excitement, nothing beats plants with colorful foliage. And few are as colorful for as long as the new 'Kaleidescope' abelia from Plant Haven. This dense, compact shrub is not only the longest blooming of any abelia, it lights up the garden with its dramatically variegated leaves as well.

The show starts in early spring when the leaves emerge with lime-green centers and bright yellow edges set off by bright red stems. As spring turns to summer, the yellow matures to golden and the variegation does not burn or scorch in the hottest weather. In fall and winter the leaves change to shades of orange and fiery red, and the winter foliage hangs on better than on other abelias. Along with this vibrant foliage display, beginning in late spring and continuing well into fall, soft pink buds open to small, fragrant, funnel-shaped, white flowers that attract swallowtail butterflies.

Because it stays under 3 feet tall, 'Kaleidoscope' works well in many landscape situations- as a foundation plant, in mass plantings or even in containers. Hardy in zones 6-9, abelias need well-drained, moist, acid soil and will develop the best foliage color if grown in full sun.

For more information on this exciting new abelia, go to: 'Kaleidoscope' Abelia .

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