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Sweet Emotion® Hardy abelia

Abelia mosanensis

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Sweet emotion hardy abelia

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The Sweet Emotion® Hardy Abelia is a unique and enchanting plant that stands out in any garden setting. Characterized by its lovely blooms and intoxicating aroma, this plant brings not only visual delight but also engages the senses in a dance of fragrance.

Belonging to the Abelia family, the Sweet Emotion® variety is particularly known for its robustness, making it suitable for various climates and garden settings. Its blooms, typically appearing from late spring to early autumn, are a vivid mix of pink and white, resembling small trumpet-like structures. These blossoms are especially attractive to pollinators, making it an ideal choice for gardeners looking to attract bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds.

Plant Attributes

The Sweet Emotion® Hardy Abelia is a deciduous shrub that boasts a plethora of enticing attributes. Primarily blooming from late spring to early autumn, it graces gardens with blossoms of pink and white hues. These vibrant colors, combined with its intoxicating fragrance, akin to jasmine or honeysuckle, create an alluring presence in any garden. It's not just the colors and scent that captivate, but the interaction with nature; its flowers act as beacons, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Growing typically between 3 to 6 feet, this shrub is suited for a variety of climates, showing its hardy nature. While it thrives in full sun to partial shade, the Sweet Emotion® Hardy Abelia is also adaptable to different soil types, favoring well-drained soils. Its moderate watering needs ensure that, even during drier periods, it maintains its vibrant look, given that one doesn't over-water.

One of its standout features, apart from the aroma, is its semi-evergreen character in milder climates. This characteristic ensures a prolonged visual treat. Whether used for borders, hedges, or as a stand-alone specimen in mixed plant beds, this shrub promises low to medium maintenance. With its resistance to most common pests and diseases, gardeners can have peace of mind. In essence, the Sweet Emotion® Hardy Abelia offers a blend of beauty, adaptability, and an aromatic experience that few plants can match.

Landscape Use

  • Border Plant: The Sweet Emotion abelia's medium height, striking pink and white blooms, and fragrant nature make it a perfect candidate for borders in a garden or pathway. Its dense foliage can provide an attractive boundary or transition between different garden areas.
  • Landscape Feature: Its robust fragrance, combined with its spring blossoms and orange fall foliage, allows the Sweet Emotion abelia to be a standout feature in a landscape setting. This plant can act as a focal point in a garden, drawing attention with its beauty and scent.
  • Specimen or Focal Point: Owing to its unique features, including its delightful jasmine fragrance and elegant habit, this shrub can be used as a specimen plant. Whether it's placed centrally in a garden or at strategic points, it can serve as a conversation starter and a highlight.
  • Mixed Borders: Beyond standalone uses, the Sweet Emotion abelia makes for a delightful addition to mixed borders, blending well with other plants while also standing out with its spicy-sweet fragrance. It can be paired with plants that flower at different times to ensure continuous bloom and interest.
  • Fragrance Garden: Given its powerful jasmine-like aroma, it's an excellent choice for a fragrance garden, where gardeners design spaces specifically to delight the olfactory senses.

Additionally, given its resistance to deer and rabbits, this plant can be strategically placed in areas prone to these animals, serving both aesthetic and practical purposes in landscaping. Its adaptability to various light conditions, from part sun to full sun, also provides flexibility in placement within a landscape design.

Planting & Care

Planting Information:

  • Exposure: The Sweet Emotion Abelia prefers Part Sun to Sun, with optimum sun/shade requirements being Full Sun (6+ hours) and Part Sun (4-6 hours).
  • Spacing: Ensure that you provide a distance of 60 - 84 inches between plants. This spacing allows each plant enough room to grow and flourish without overcrowding.
  • Soil Preference: While the Sweet Emotion Abelia is adaptable, it thrives best in moist, well-drained soils. An average soil fertility will suffice.

Care Information:

  • Watering: The plant requires an average amount of water. Ensure consistent moisture, especially during drier periods, but avoid over-watering to prevent root rot or other related issues.
  • Fertilizing: Apply a controlled release fertilizer in early spring to support growth and flowering.
  • Pruning: It's recommended to prune the Sweet Emotion Abelia immediately after flowering to shape it and encourage new growth. Regular pruning can help maintain its upright habit and enhance its appearance.
  • Maintenance Level: This plant falls under the "Easy" maintenance category. It's fairly low-maintenance but does benefit from regular care practices like timely pruning and fertilizing.
  • Pests and Diseases: The Sweet Emotion Abelia is resistant to deer and rabbits, which can be beneficial in areas where these animals are prevalent. However, always be on the lookout for any signs of other pests or diseases and take appropriate action when needed.

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Plant Features

  • Height: 60 - 72 Inches
  • Width (Spread): 60 - 72 Inches
  • Hardiness Zone: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Exposure: Part Sun to Sun
  • Habit: Upright
  • Flower Color: Pink and White
  • Foliage: Green (Foliage Shade: Green)

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