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Mardi Gras Abelia

The dramatic coloring of the Mardi Gras Abelia will make your garden sing. The leaves are green and white with a blush of soft salmon pink. This semi-evergreen shrub sparkles with white flowers from spring to fall.

In the fall, the edges of the leaves turn into a lovely golden bronze. Its compact growth habit makes it easy to tuck into a sunny corner or anywhere you need a little color.

This abelia shrub is so easy to grow you may even forget all about it until its bright leaves remind you of its presence. Plug it into a little nook or into a pot to add some interest in a bare spot. This little plant will brighten your day every time you see it.

With year round visual interest, you can't go wrong by adding this plant to your yard. It remains compact and dense for years, adding beauty without a lot of work on your part.

Landscape Uses

Plant the Mardi Gras Abelia in any sunny spot. Add it to a mixed border, make a massed planting or put it in containers on your patio for a colorful border. This little plant loves to shine.

Plant it in front of larger plants with dark green foliage to really set it off. Combine it with roses, columbines and bleeding heart to make a beautiful cottage garden look. It looks especially nice with blue and purple flowers like delphinium and asters.

It also combines well with rhododendrons and nandina, creating a wonderful texture contrast. Use this stunning plant as a focal point or let it blend in with many others.

Planting and Care Tips

Plant Mardi Gras Abelia in full or partial sun for the best results in moist well drained soil. Water it regularly until it is established. Once it has set down a good root system, it is fairly drought tolerant.

Pruning is rarely necessary except to occasionally remove older growth that has gotten a bit twiggy looking. Be on the lookout for insect infestations or disease and treat accordingly.

Abelia Information

  • Scientific Name: Abelia x 'Mardi Gras'

  • Best Soil: Moist, well drained soil

  • Light: Full to partial sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foliage: Variegated leaves of pink, green and white; evergreen to semi-evergreen

  • Fall Color: Gold or bronze

  • Bloom: White fragrant flowers in the spring

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide in a loose mounded form

  • Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 4 feet apart for mass planting

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