The species that have proven successful for us include sweet pepper-bushy clethera, sweet spire Itea virginica, strawberry shrub Euonymous americanus, beauty-berry Callicarpa americana and sweet shrub Calycanthus
floridus, among others.
Pointing to a shrub with deep red chrysanthemum-like blooms he said, "In the books, this plant is called sweet shrub or Calycanthus
. When it's in full bloom, it smells like tropical fruit or ripe melons.
and having gained its summit, enjoyed a most enchanting view; a vast expanse of green meadows and strawberry fields; a meandering river gliding through, saluting in its various turnings the swelling, green, turfy knolls, embellished with parterres of flowers and fruitful strawberry beds; flocks of turkeys strolling about them; herds of deer prancing in the meads or bounding over the hills; companies of young, innocent Cherokee virgins, some busy gathering the rich fragrant fruit, others having already filled their baskets, lay reclined under the shade of floriferous and fragrant native bowers of Magnolia, Azalea Philadelphus, perfumed Calycanthus
, sweet Yellow Jassamine and cerulean Glycenefrutescens..,
Offering new compact sizes, a range of flower colors, and a glorious parade of display are azaleas, rhododendrons, sweet shrub (Calycanthus
), quince, shrubby dogwoods, daphne mezereum (why, oh why is this early flowering neat shrub not used more?), deutzia (white flowers and fragrance), witch hazel, kerria, lindera (spicebush), several of the spireas, viburnums and the weigelas.
Be sure to request it by its botanical name at the nursery, or you may end up with Calycanthus
floridus, Carolina Allspice, or Calycanthus
occidentalis, California Spice Bush.