avoid invasive plants Chinese Privet Alternative: Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora)
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Chinese Privet Alternative: Abelia

(Abelia x grandiflora)

Why it's a standout: Easily shaped, this shrub forms a 3- to 6-foot-tall hedge and blooms in summer with fragrant white flowers. Varieties include solid-green-leaved plants as well as brightly variegated ones, such as 'Kaleidoscope' (shown). For full branching, give abelia a sunny spot and prune regularly.
What it needs: Full sun to partial shade; average, well-drained soil
Zones: 5 to 9
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