Abelia Little Richard is a semi-evergreen, flowering shrubs that that can be used as foundation plants. Little Richard blooms in the late spring and keeps it's leaves year-round in warmer areas. Its highly deer resistant as well as fragrant.
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Abelia Little Richard gives you fragrant white blooms that contrast nicely against the dark green leaves. Like other Grandiflora Abelia types, the fragrant flowers are produced from early summer through mid-fall.
Every garden or landscape has that one area where nothing seems to fit. Little Richard is compact enough to work in the tightest spots in the garden, yet it displays fragrant flowers that last almost until winter. Due to its natural dwarf habit, Little Richard Abelia is virtually maintenance-free.
You'll want to plant this abelia close to patios or decks so you can enjoy the fragrance of the flowers. Even the slightest breeze distributes the aroma throughout the yard. The smell can only be described as a sweet, citrus scent.
3 to 4 feet
3 to 4 feet
Evergreen in warmer climates, Summer Flowering
Densely branched, mounding
Any well drained soil
Water well until established
Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting, or a specimen planting
How to Care for Little Richard Abelia
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
Frequently Asked questions
How do I water Little Richard Abelia?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Little Richard Abelia a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
How do I fertilize Little Richard Abelia?
Abelia is one of the easiest to grow and one of the most underused ornamental available today. In order for abelia to give their maximum performance, certain fertilization requirements must be met. Despite their fast growth patterns, abelia are considered to be light feeders. Although many well established Little Richard Abelia perform wonderfully in the garden without being fertilized, they will do even better with a regular fertilization program. Apply an early spring fertilizer with a product such as Espoma Tree-tone or Plant-tone at the recommended rate this will give the plant a boost of nitrogen that will be needed for healthy abundant foliage. Follow this up with a early summer application of Espoma Holly-Tone, this will provide the necessary nutrients and raise the acid level in the soil which abelia tend to favor. Espoma products are easy to use, just sprinkle around the base of the plant and water it in.
How do I mulch Little Richard Abelia?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Little Richard Abelia with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the Little Richard Abelia.