This tight, compact Abelia has green leaves with white margins that hold their color without necrosis from sun and heat. In the fall, leaf margins turn pink to rose. Leaves are evergreen to semi-evergreen. The flowers are white, about 1" long, and slightly fragrant. Flowers open in May-June and continue through October. Sepals turn pink and are persistent. New stems are red-purple through the growing season and add to winter interest. Vanilla Brandy™ is a good production plant. It doesn't lean or flop in containers and roots to the bottom. Plants are uniform and don't need pruning to stay compact.