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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - MY PLANT HIGHLIGHT FOR THE MONTH OF MAY

I wish I could give you a picture of Kaleidoscope right now.  You would then know why I have chosen this plant.  Kaleidoscope is one of my most favorite variegated evergreen shrub.  When planted correctly and in the right location it is hard to find another plant that performs any better than this beautiful evergreen.  It is easy to grow.
                Abelia Kaleidoscope is a colorful shrub that stands out with its yellow and lime green variegated leaves.  The new growth appears reddish-pink and fades to the variegated green and yellow.  For best results plant in full sun.  Water the new plant regularly until well established, then the plant will be drought tolerant. Kaleidoscope is hardy from zone 6 to 9 (we are zone 7 here in Central Virginia).  Kaleidoscope needs little to no pruning except for those occasional dead twigs that may show up after winter.  Kaleidoscope is a moderate grower that will eventually grow to 2 to 3’ high and about 3 to 4’ wide with a mounding growing habit.
                In addition to its beautiful foliage, Kaleidoscope produces a small white flower in the summer and fall that is slightly fragrant.  These flowers are an attraction for an array of butterflies.  Sorry folks, I wish I could tell you that this wonderful plant is deer tolerant.  But, deer find this plant equally attractive in the landscape L.  
Posted: 5/10/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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