Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ (Summersweet)

My Sweetsummer shrubs are in full bloom and the fragrance is amazing!

Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ (Summersweet), Hakonechloa macra (Japanese forest grass) and Astrantia major ‘Alba’ (Great Masterwort)

I planted them close to the house so that I could walk pass them every time I go out into the garden and feel their scent.

Summersweet is a gorgeous shrub that blooms for 4-6 week mid summer until fall. It’s one of few shrubs that does really well in half to full shade, can tolerate wet soil and is loved by bees and butterflies. So if you have a shady and wet area this shrub will do the trick!

Summersweet blooms

Blooms open from bottom to top and attract bees and butterflies.

Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ (Summersweet), Heuchera ‘Palace purple’, Hakonechloa macra (Japanese forest grass), Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple) and Astrantia major ‘Alba’ (Great Masterwort)

Summersweet grows 2-4 feet (60-120cm) tall and 3-5 feet (90-150cm) wide. I planted them quite close to each other to create a small hedge that hides a messy potting table in the corner.