1. ‘Minnesota Snowflake’ Mock Orange
Name: Philadelphus × virginalis ‘Minnesota Snowflake’
Size: 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Native range: Asia
The fragrance is the first thing that captivates your senses with this shrub. In early summer, ‘Minnesota Snowflake’ sports clusters of double white pompoms that spice the air for weeks with sweet tropical notes. Beyond the perfume, this shrub dons a tight dress of foliage upon an upright, multistemmed frame, making it well suited for screening purposes. This plant blooms on old wood, so only prune immediately after flowering to avoid inadvertently removing next year’s flowers.
2. ‘Little Honey’ Oakleaf Hydrangea
Name: Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’
Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide
Conditions: Partial shade; moist soil
Native range: Southern United States
Oakleaf hydrangeas were never high on my list of landscape plants—until a mature specimen of ‘Little Honey’ changed…
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