The abelia is a beautiful garden shrub. It is deciduous and flowers in summer, continuing its flowering until late autumn. The flowers are small and white. Plant it somewhere sunny, or at least light, in the garden. With the passage of time the shrub tends to empty at the bottom and become messy, with arching branches that tend to get thinner and thinner. To avoid this it is essential every year to prune the plant well after flowering in autumn, shortening all the branches, especially those which are thin and elongated, giving the plant a rounded canopy.
In autumn the foliage of abelia takes on a very decorative reddish colour. After pruning scatter at the foot of the bush some organic fertilizer or slow release granular fertilizer, which over the months will provide the right type of minerals in the soil.