Abelia Does Not Bloom – Tips For Getting Flowers On Abelia Plants

By: Amy Grant

Abelia is an old standby, hardy to USDA zones 6-10 and grown for its lovely tubular light pink blooms that blossom from summer to fall. But what if an abelia won’t flower? There are a few reasons for an abelia that does not bloom. So what are the reasons for no flowers on abelia and what can be done about getting flowers on abelia plants? Read on to learn more.

Help, Why Isn’t My Abelia Flowering?

Before we delve into why an abelia won’t flower, a bit of background on this perennial favorite is in order. Abelias are grown for their prolific and generally reliable long bloom time. The masses of pretty pink flowers at the end of arching branches make for a dramatic effect in the garden.

The plant is naturally roundish in shape and works beautifully in a butterfly garden where it attracts insects to its sweet-scented blooms. Once established, it needs very little maintenance and can be grown in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil.

Reasons for No Flowers on Abelia

Now that we know how abelia grows, it’s time to do some sleuthing to figure out why an abelia does not bloom. Okay, maybe not sleuthing, but some deductive reasoning.

First of all, abelia is an evergreen in zones 8-9 because temps are mild. In cooler regions, USDA zones 5-7, the plant will lose leaves as it gets cooler and it will also be smaller. Have no fear, abelia will be back in the early summer, but you may have to wait for it to blossom. A lack of blooms may just be a natural reaction to winter dormancy.

Pruning may also be a reason for alack of blossoms. There is such a thing as too much and, in the case of abelia, a little pruning goes a long way. It is definitely possible to get a little too aggressive pruning. If that is the case, time may work wonders, or not.

Also, abelia needs well-drained soil. It could be that the plant is located in an area that tends to retain water and is sodden. If that is the case, though, more than likely the entire plant looks dead.

Too much nitrogen fosters gorgeous green foliage but not so much for blooms. If you have fertilized the abelia with a nitrogen rich food, it may be too much of a good thing. This will be apparent if the plant is large and has lots of beautiful foliage, just no flowers.

As far as getting flowers on abelia, the answer may be any of the above. Generally speaking though, abelia is a pretty easy plant to grow and really does need minimal care with the reward of blossoms from early summer to autumn.

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Planting Weigela

Weigela is versatile, growing in both sun and partial shade, although best flowering occurs when you plant your shrub in full sun. There are two exceptions to the full-sun rule. First, in the hottest regions of the country, light afternoon shade helps protect the plant. Second, varieties with variegated leaves tend to burn if they receive full sun in hottest regions. The variegation in My Monet weigela (above) changes color depending on light level, yielding whiter leaves in shade and pinker tones in full sun.

To help your weigela thrive, plant it in moist soil that drains well. Add plenty of compost or composted manure to the planting bed to help enrich soil and improve drainage. Weigela adapts fairly well to any soil, although you'll see strongest growth and flowering on plants in ideal conditions.

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Add some color to your yard’s sunny areas with low-maintenance shrubs including a number of weigela varieties.

Spring Flowering Trees

After the long sleep of winter we are ready to see our gardens come alive again and there is no better way to do that than with flowering trees. Many trees just can’t wait to flower at the first hint of spring and they are covered in blooms before the leaves even appear. This intensifies the color effect, since the tree is all color with no green at all. The miracle of those bare twigs bursting into bloom is nature’s great gift to us.

If you need tough, easy to grow flowering trees for spring, then the Cleveland Flowering Pear Tree and the Aristocrat Pear Tree are great first choices. These beautiful trees have come to us from China, and they are literally smothered in pure-white blossoms every spring before the leaves appear. These are tough trees that will take poor soil, limited space, urban conditions and still thrive and be beautiful every spring. Not only that but they will give us fantastic fall color as well – two seasons of beauty from just one tree.

Tourists travel thousands of miles to see Cherry Blossoms in Japan, but we can have that beauty in our own gardens so easily. At the Tree Center we specialize in Cherry Trees and we have a whole range of them available to turn spring in your garden into a spectacular flower show.

From pure white or the palest blush pink to the flamboyant strong pinks of the Kwanzan Cherry Tree, there is a flowering cherry size and color to suit everyone. They vary in size from the 30 foot tall Okame Cherry Tree to the much smaller cascading White Weeping Cherry. This tree and the Yoshino Cherry too are especially beautiful because they bring a different form to your garden.

Most trees have branches that grow more or less upright, but in these trees the branches cascade down towards the ground and will even trail across rocks or down a bank. This habit makes them especially beautiful and they are really stunning planted near a pond or stream as they seem to flow right into the water.

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