Abelia x grandiflora, also known as Abelia confetti or glossy Abelia, is a perennial shrub featuring green variegated leaves with touches of pink and yellow. Pink or white flowers appear in late summer and fall. The plant grows well in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 9. Abelia x grandiflora is a popular shrub used in foundation plantings. Growing three to four feet tall, Abelia works well near a house to hide exposed foundation.

Abelia x grandiflora performs well in a variety of soils as long as proper drainage is available. To determine if your soil drains well, water the soil slightly to see if it thoroughly absorbs the water. If it does, plant Abelia directly in your garden by digging a hole twice as wide as the root ball of the plant and deep enough to fully cover the root ball. Adding compost to your soil will improve performance of the plant. Dig a slightly larger hole if adding compost. Cover the root ball up to the surface of the soil and water thoroughly.

If you choose a location for your Abelia that suffers from poor drainage, consider planting in a container and providing a high quality potting soil. Place the plant in a container large enough to hold the root ball and still allow room for growth. Use a pot with a drainage hole in the bottom.

Water Abelia slowly with warm water, allowing the soil to fully absorb the moisture. Allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering again. Fertilize young plants with a fertilizer high in phosphorous when first setting the plant in the ground. Fertilize yearly, at the beginning of the growing season for best results. If you are unsure of the nutrient level of the soil in your garden, you can take a sample to your local cooperative extension office and have it analyzed. Based on the results, you will be able to determine exactly what type of fertilizer will work best for the plants in your garden.

Abelia x grandiflora performs well in a variety of light conditions, including partial shade, partial sun and full sun. Shade from nearby trees or houses will not negatively affect the growth of Abelia.

Abelia is susceptible to fungal infections. Brown or black spots may appear on the leaves if an Abelia plant is infected. Remove the infected leaves from the plant. Be sure to properly dispose of any dropped leaves that may contain the fungus. This will help to prevent the spread of the fungus to other plants.