Plant trial opportunity and Plant of the Week: Funshine Abelia

Happy Monday! Today I'm making final preparations to attend my very first MANTS conference in Baltimore. I'm so excited to learn more about the industry and meet lots and lots of new people. If you'll be at MANTS, stop by the Spring Meadow/Proven Winners® ColorChoice® booth and introduce yourself!

I'm also preparing to send complimentary spring shipments of two very special new varieties of dwarf hydrangea to garden writers. If you have space in your garden and would like to trial samples of Invincibelle Wee White® hydrangea and Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® hydrangea, shoot an email to natalie@springmeadownursery <dot> com, with your contact and shipping information - and send me a link to your blog so I can follow you! 

Now on to Jane's Plant of the Week:

Good morning, Funshine™!

The earth says "hello"! This little gem from the musical "Hair" is wonderful for waking up sulky teenagers headed back to school after the lazy Christmas break.

FunshineAbelia isn't great at levering kids out of bed in the morning, but it does brighten up the landscape. The orange and bronze foliage is really appealing, and good enough to replace Bronze Anniversary® abelia in our product line.

We think you'll find it's a worthy alternative to 'Kaleidescope', too. There are no worries about variegation reverting, and it has a nice dwarf habit that fits well into landscapes. Check out the image below comparing the two varieties:

Funshine™ Abelia is hardy to USDA Zone 6 and grows 2-3' tall and wide. It will grow in full sun or partial shade, and produces fragrant pinkish-white flowers in summer.

Plant of the Week is written by Jane Beggs-Joles

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