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  • Ellen McEnaney Jardine

    SHADE: 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

  • Taryn Merkley

    summersweet - part to full shade blooming shrub

  • Amy Hale

    Summersweet - part to full shade flowering shrub

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Summersweet With a name like summersweet, you can guess that this shrub's pink or white flowers are fragrant. It's one of the few shrubs that bloom well in shade, although it also will grow in full sun in the north, provided it has adequate moisture. Name: Clethra alnifolia Growing Conditions: Full sun to shade and moist soil Size: 3-5 feet tall and wide Zones: 3-9

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

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