For our May 2019 Washington Gardener Reader Contest, Washington Gardener is giving away two new abelias coming out this year—'Vintage Charm™' and 'Rosy Charm™' from the Gardener’s Confidence® Collection.
Abelia x ‘Cloud 99-6-7,’ PPAF Rosy Charm isn’t bashful when it comes to blooming—this abelia is covered in red-purple blooms starting in May and lasting until frost. With all the reliable performance qualities that make abelias a popular landscape plant—drought-tolerance, deer-resistance, and the ability to handle heat (plus, one of the more cold-tolerant abelias on the market)—you’ll soon succumb to this one’s charms as well!
Fill the summer garden with clouds of highly scented white flowers. 'Vintage Charm™' Abelia x ‘Cloud 99’ PPAF reinvents a classic favorite into a more compact form with an unbelievable flowering display. With more flowers clusters per branch, this fragrant abelia turns into a billowing mass of white blooms in early summer. They last and last, aging to pink, and finally a light parchment-tan. This plant holds its leaves well in late summer heat, is mostly deciduous in winter and has all the hardiness and low-maintenance qualities you’d expect from abelia. Its medium-sized growth habit, approximately 4 ft tall by 6 ft wide, eliminates pruning chores, too.
To enter to win one of the two abelias, send an email to WashingtonGardener@rcn.com by 5:00pm on May 31 with “New Abelias” in the subject line and in the body of the email. Tell us what your favorite article was in the May 2019 issue and why. Include your full name and mailing address. Winners will be announced by June 1.
Congratulations to our two contest winners - John Rebstock of Cheverly, MD and Madeline Caliendo of Washington, DC!