I was in love with Abelia since the time I saw it planted by a colleague at Singapore Botanic Gardens almost a year ago.
In Australia, they seemed to have various varieties of the variegated Abelia. The small white flowers are also slightly fragrant. In addition, the small pinkish sepals are a great contrast with the green or variegated leaves and white flowers.
When I saw the huge clump of normal green leaved Abelia grandiflora with long arching branches at Aspley's Nursery, I was mesmerized. I could not remember Robert Percy mentioned how long it took this plant to grow to that size. All I remembered was how spectacular it looked.