Dorset Abelia

Abelia is a little-known shrub from the honeysuckle family that comes in handy at this time of year because it produces flowers well into October. As well as its delicate pink flowers, it has a cluster of rusty-pink bracts which make a perfect ‘filler’ flower for an Autumnal arrangement. Abelia can get a bit unruly in a border, so is best towards the back where it has room to spread out a bit.

Also in the posies this week is locally-grown helichrysum, a second picking of physalis (Chinese lanterns), rosehips and colour-turning hydrangea to add to the Autumnal feel.