Abelia – Your grandmother grew glossy abelia, and it was a small leafed green plant with small bell shaped white flowers. Today, there are so many better varieties with a range of leaf colors and even some new flower colors. ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a smaller form which grows to three feet tall and about 3-4 feet wide. New growth appears with lime-green centers and bright yellow edges. When summer arrives, the yellow matures to orange and the variegation doesn’t fade. In fall and winter the foliage color deepens to shades of orange and fiery red. It blooms with small white blooms from frost to frost. ‘Twist of Lime’ is another low grower with white, yellow and green foliage and pale pink blooms, while ‘Bronze Anniversary’ is a variegated larger abelia getting about 48 inches tall. Some dark pink bloomers include the older variety ‘Edward Goucher’ and the new dwarf ‘Pinky Bells’ which only grows 24-36 inches tall and has pink blooms all season. The newest variety ‘Sunny Anniversary’ has green foliage but a yellow and pink bloom that grows up to 4 feet tall. In Arkansas, most abelian are evergreen, but can shed some leaves in the coldest years. They thrive in full sun to partial shade and are quite attractive to bees and butterflies.