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This delightful, deer-resistant native plant attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. The attractive, glossy dark green leaves set off the pure white summer flowers. The flowers are wonderfully fragrant! Plant it near the deck or patio to enjoy the sweet scent in mid-summer. Selected for its extra large flowers - individual florets are roughly double the size of other varieties.
A wide variety of butterflies and songbirds are attracted to summersweet clethra for its nectar and seeds. Native to the eastern United States, it provides exceptional four season interest with its lustrous green leaves in the spring, spiky white or pink fragrant summer flowers, golden yellow autumn leaves, and interesting, delicate dried seed capsules in winter.
Summersweet plant (Clethra alnifolia), also known as pepper bush, is an ornamental shrub with spikes of spicy-smelling white flowers. Blooming often takes place in summer around July or August. Its attractive dark green foliage takes on a yellow-to-orange color in autumn, making this plant even more spectacular.
This slow-growing shrub is quite adaptable to a wide range of conditions. In fact, hardy summersweet can even handle bouts with salt spray and is hardy throughout USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 9. To get the most from your summersweet shrub, place it in a location where it will have plenty of growing room, as this plant tends to reach anywhere from 5 to 7 feet (1.5-2 m.) in height and spreads about 6 to 8 feet (2 m.) across. It also prefers moist to wet soil that is slightly acidic. Summersweet plant can be grown in sun or partial shade.
Gloriously fragrant, Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet) is a slowly spreading, densely-branched, deciduous shrub boasting bottlebrush spikes of extremely fragrant white flowers in mid to late summer. Lasting about for 4-6 weeks, the blossoms open from bottom to top. They are very attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, at a time of the year when there's not a wealth of nectars to choose from. The flowers give way to spikes of dark brown fruits which persist into winter, providing continuing interest. The serrated, glossy, dark green foliage turns rich golden yellow in fall. One of its most attractive characteristics is to produce great blooms in shady locations. This summer-flowering shrub spreads slowly by suckers forming large colonies. Free of any disease or pest problems, it is excellent for coastal gardens due to salt-spray tolerance, in shrub borders, or along streams and ponds. A dependable shrub that is native from coastal Maine south to north Florida and then west to the eastern edge of Texas.
Summersweet clethra (Clethra alnifolia) is a fantastic shrub with all-season garden interest and can be grown throughout South Carolina. This native species, also called sweet pepperbush, flowers profusely for 4 to 6 weeks during July and August when few other plants are in bloom, and the flowers fill the garden with their spicy fragrance.
Summersweet clethra is a native, deciduous upright shrub that typically grows between 4 and 8 feet tall and slowly spreads by sending up new shoots from rhizomes to form a small thicket. The species or taller selections can be grown as low hedges or as back of the garden border plants. Smaller cultivars combine well with perennials in the garden.
Summersweet clethra is late to leaf out in the spring, and the foliage is an attractive medium to dark green color. Leaves are alternate, typically 1 to 2½ inches long and give the plant what is considered to be a medium texture. Fall color can be a very attractive golden yellow to golden brown. Summersweet clethra typically grow from 5 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide.
Softwood stem cuttings are best taken in early summer for the greatest success in rooting. Take 3 to 4 inch stem cuttings in the morning from well-watered plants. Cuttings taken in the early summer may not require a rooting hormone for 90 to 100% success in 4 weeks. However, cuttings taken later in the summer will root with more difficulty and may require a rooting hormone treatment. Using rooting hormone containing IBA will enhance the number of cuttings that will root. Examples of powdered products in 2 ounce bottles with 0.1% IBA are:
Use a well-drained medium to start the cuttings, such as a half and half mix of potting soil and perlite. The relative humidity must be kept high around the cuttings, so containers must be covered with glass or plastic, such as enclosing the container or pot in a clear plastic bag or using part of a plastic soft drink bottle as a dome over the soil. A cutting can root and grow to fill a one gallon container by the end of the season. Summersweet clethra seed can be harvested from the ripe, brown seed capsules and planted in the fall or the next spring without the need for a cold moist treatment (stratification).
There are several cultivars of summersweet clethra that are available at garden centers and through mail order catalogs. These cultivars are different from the wild form, which is white and tall, by either being more compact and floriferous (making more flowers) or by having pink buds and flowers. Some of the more commonly available cultivars are listed below.
ProblemsSummersweet clethra is generally disease free, but with late season rainfall, foliage may become infected with Pseudocercospora leaf spot. Because of its late season occurrence, fungicide sprays are generally not necessary. Rake and dispose of fallen leaves. Add additional mulch to cover any remaining debris.
This pine is of the sun soaked summer variety. Warm and toasty with fragrant summersweet and dried chamomile flower. .......................................................................................
Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) is one garden plant that truly lives up to its name, producing an abundance of sweetly scented flowers during the waning days of summer, when few other shrubs are in bloom.
Water regularly to keep the soil moist, especially during the first growing season. Once the roots became established, summersweet bush is somewhat drought tolerant, but avoid letting the soil dry out completely.
One of the largest summersweet cultivars, featuring rose-colored buds that gradually soften to pale pink as the flowers open and mature. A broad, upright habit makes it well-suited for use as a fragrant hedge or privacy screen.
Summersweets are somewhat unique among flowering shrubs because of their ability to bloom in shady locations in late summer when few other shrubs are in bloom. Mass or group in lawns, foundations or shrub borders. Good flowering shrub for shade or woodland gardens. Effective as a hedge. Also appropriate for moist soils along stream banks or pond/water garden peripheries. Also may be naturalized in cottage gardens, wild gardens or naturalized areas. Plant near a patio to enjoy the fragrant late summer bloom. Compact size makes this an ideal flowering shrub for smaller gardens.
Summer Sweet is a peach that exemplifies firmness and flavor. This freestone white-fleshed peach ripens in the 1st to 2nd week of July, yielding a very sweet flavor. Summer Sweet features very large size (2-7/8" to 3-1/2") and high color (85% red blush over white). Estimated chilling requirement of 500 to 600 hours.
While the pasta is cooking and draining, prepare the rest of the vegetables. Cut the kernels off two cobs of sweet corn. I like to do this with the end of the cob in a bowl so they kernels fall right off into the bowl instead of flying all over the kitchen. Haha!
Pour the purée from the blender back into the soup pot. Over low heat, slowly pour 1 cup of half and half into the soup while whisking continuously. Once the half and half is completely incorporated, taste your soup and then season with salt and pepper accordingly. (The sweet corn broth is unsalted, so you might need to add some more.)
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The leaves are alternate with a finely toothed margin. The bark is gray and loosely striped. Small, white flowers occurring in dense clusters on long 3 to 6 inch terminal spikes mature in late summer. The flowers produce high quality nectar and pollen that supports hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators. The shrub produces a brown, dry capsule that matures in the fall and provides seed to birds during the winter. Sweet Pepperbush is unique among flowering shrubs because it blooms in shady locations in late summer when few other shrubs are in bloom.
Summersweet Gardens Nursery at Perennial Pleasures is a retail and mail-order nursery located in East Hardwick, Vermont, a beautiful part of the state known as the North East Kingdom. The nursery, greenhouse and display gardens are sited on the sunny fields behind our family home, an 1840s brick house at the edge of the village. We grow over 900 varieties of flowers, herbs and shrubs, specializing in heirloom and medicinal plants, and have a special fondness for phlox. An eclectic gift shop, specializing in summer hats, is located in the old wooden extension, and a seasonal tea-room serves English Cream Teas in the display garden or conservatory.
A little planter is a sweet addition to any home. Succulents, or any small plant, will be happy to live and grow in this pot. Brighten up your work desk, or add a modern touch to your coffee table. Each planter is hand carved with a herringbone patterned, inlaid with black stain, then cleaned to reveal the lines, a process called mishima. The interior and exterior are dipped in a satin matte glaze. Plants not included. 781b155fdc