“…do plant Abelia Triflora. It flowers in June, grows to the size of what we used to call syringe [lilac], and is smothered in white, funnel-shaped flowers with the strongest scent of Jasmine.”
In Your Garden;
June 18th, 1950
I waited all summer to buy the Abelia. As you might know, shrubs are best planted in the fall. I knew I had to have it, the scent of Jasmine is too irresistible.
Don’t be deterred by their condition in the fall, especially if it’s been sitting all summer in the nursery. When I found it, the leaves had turned leathery and had been nibbled by pests. The stems seemed unhealthy and were bent in peculiar ways. Everyone passed it up as they clambered for the beautiful perfection of the blooming Rose of Sharron, but I knew what the Abelia would do come summer. The leaves, as you can see, are supple and green and its stems have now found their way to the sun. The little flowers, which do resemble those of the Jasmine vine are pink and white; a beautiful contrast to its bright green leaves. They start blooming right after the lilacs so it’s perfect for those of you “timing” your garden blooms.
I love passing by and getting whiffs of its Jasmine-like scent. Right now it is short and I have to bend over to catch it, but soon it will be right in my face. I believe I choose the right spot. All my scented flowers are planted along my back yard walking path so I can enjoy them. So far, it has not been bothered by pests. All my other bushes have been sprayed, but I haven’t had to touch the Abelia. So, perhaps it has the added quality of being pest resistant?
Truly, it’s a beautiful plant. Along with Vita, I too would recommend it, especially for those of you who would like something your neighbor doesn’t have, if we are comparing such things.