Mid Summer at Birdsong Pleasure Garden

Clethra alnifolia

Common name, Summersweet Clethra.   This shrub is an amazingly adaptable plant. It is very ornamental and fragrant, with outstanding fall color. It attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds and provide food for some mammals. It offers multiple seasons of interest with its spring foliage, summer blooms, yellow fall color, and exfoliating bark in winter.

 

Marvelous birds to capture in your binoculars, male Easter Blueirds are a brillian royal blue on the back and head, and warm red-brown on the breast.  Blue tinges in the wings and tail give the grayer females an elegant look.

 

The term full shade does not mean 'no sun'.  A location is considered to be in full shade if it receives less than three hours of direct sun daily and receives filtered sun the rest of the day.  Preferably, the hours of direct sun occur in the cooler hours of the morning with filtered protection from intense sun in the late afternoon.  

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