Abelia chinensis (Caprifoliaceae)
Once described by the Raulston Arboretum as attracting more butterflies than any other plant in their garden. In midsummer, large trusses of fragrant, creamy-white flowers bend the stems into graceful curves; butterflies nectar wildly! Grows 5-8' in full sun and well-drained soils. Not a "new" plant, but uncommon in gardens -- possibly because its cousin Abelia x grandiflora is considered more cold hardy. A. chinensis winter-hardiness is proven by the specimen growing happily at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Prune in early spring.
Bloom color: pink
Bloom period: early-summer
Container size: Qt.