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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 ~ shrub ~ thrives in partial shade ~ blooms in late summer or fall ~ fragrant flowers of white, pink/rose ~ dark green foliage turns bright yellow in autumn ~ up to 8ft tall and 8ft wide

Bluebeard Shrub. This shrub is a treat in late summer when it bears its airy clusters of beautiful blue blooms. It's extra-easy to grow, too, laughing off all but the worst heat and drought. As an added bonus, birds and butterflies love it. Bluebeard shrub makes a great cut flower, too. Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 5-9

Pretty Lamium is an easy-care groundcover that blooms throughout the summer. Find more easy-growing groundcovers:

Butterfly Bush Butterfly bush is like a summer-flowering lilac. The blooms appear in similar colors -- purple, lavender, blue, pink, and white -- and are deliciously fragrant. Happily, butterfly bushes offer a longer bloom season than lilacs: from summer into autumn, especially if you pinch off the old flower clusters as they start to fade. Name: Buddleia davidii Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 10 feet tall or more Zones: 5-9

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Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus) --- spicy-scented burgundy-purple flowers in midspring.

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Bigroot Geranium One of the toughest plants in the shade garden, bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum) doesn't mind heat or drought. And, deer and rabbits typically pass it by in search of tastier morsels. This plant puts on a spring show with pink or white flowers; some varieties also offer outstanding fall coloration in their woodsy-scented foliage. Bigroot geranium is hardy in Zones 4-8 and grows 2 feet tall. Top Picks: 'Album' offers white flowers; 'Ingwersen's Variety' offers clear pink flowers; 'Variegatum' has purple-pink flowers and white-variegated leaves

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Little Mischief Shrub Rose Grow low-care 'Little Mischief' for a burst of hot pink flowers all summer. It's heat and disease resistant, too, so you can enjoy it in any kind of weather.