Flowering Shrubs and Fragrant Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, AL
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Question by john_f_snyde
December 16, 1997
I'm on the border of zone 7 and 8 in Alabama and I seek shrubs that will be in bloom for most of the summer. We're not warm enough for oleander and have too much of crape myrtle. It would be a plus if the shrubs were evergreen but not crucial.Any suggestions on shrubs that are fragrant would be appreciated as well.

Answer from NGA
December 16, 1997
Try one or more of these: 1.) Spiraea japonica 'Shibori' also known as 'Shirobana'. Grows 2-3' tall, blooms appear on weeping branches summer through fall. Blooms are varied shades of white, pink, and red. Prefers full sun. 2.) Lespedeza thunbergii 'Gibraltar'. Blooms mid-summer to fall. Rosy purple blooms on cascading branches. Grows 4 1/2' tall. Prefers full sun, good drainage. 3.) Mahonia aquilfolium, also known as Oregon Holly-grape. Evergreen shrub with leaves that turn bronze-red in the fall. Cluster of bright yellow flowers in spring followed by attractive blue fruit in the summer. Prefers a northern exposure or partial shade.
Daphne odora (winter daphne) is a 2-3' shrub with fragrant purple or white flowers.
Let us know if you need plant sources.

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