This native plant is much beloved for its sweetly scented summer blooms. This smaller variety works with any size landscape, and has outstanding fall color so that the plant stays interesting beyond its bloom time. The flowers aren't just longer, larger, and more fragrant than other varieties - they're also more cold tolerant, assuring a good display even in USDA zone 5 where flower buds are frequently damaged. Itea is one of the most shade tolerant flowering shrubs and thrives even in wet soils, making it an excellent problem solver.
Itea needs little maintenance. In spring, after new growth begins to emerge, you can remove any stems that aren't showing signs of life - do not prune until you see signs of new growth. Mulch is a good idea. Plant in full shade, full sun or anywhere in between.