Abelia grandiflora, with shiny leaves and masses of sweetly-scented, pink-flushed white flowers from July until September ( looking lovely combined late-season blue-flowered shrubs such as caryopteris and ceratostigma.
Abelia `Edward Goucher', with bronze young leaves turning dark green and lilac-pink flowers.
The strongest fragrance can be found in Abelia chinensis, a wide-spreading shrub, though still compact, with clusters of white flowers tinged pink.
For a hardier shrub, look for Abelia triflora, though it may be too large for some gardens ( up to 4.
An Abelia can add an extra dimension to a border, establishing quickly and delivering an impressive show of flowers.
Abelia xgrandiflora produces masses of funnel-shaped white flowers, tinged with pink from mid-summer to autumn.
The flowers of Abelia xgrandiflora are fragrant and pretty, nestling among the dark green leaves of the plant, which is evergreen or semi-evergreen.
Abelia Edward Goucher is more compact, so would make a great choice where space is limited.