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The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs

Add beautiful blooms without a lot of maintenance to your garden this summer with easy-growing, summer-blooming shrubs. Here are some of the best.
Judy Flynn
Judy Flynn • 2 years ago

Summersweet We like summersweet because it blooms in shady spots. We also love that its pink or white flowers have a wonderful fragrance. Add its golden fall leaf color and you have an ideal shrub. Note: Look for cultivars, such as 'Ruby Spice', that offer an extra-long bloom season. Name: Clethra alnifolia Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and moist soil Size: To 5 feet tall Zones: 3-9

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