Itea needs little maintenance. In spring, after new growth begins to emerge, you can remove any stems that aren’t showing signs of life – do not prune until you see signs of new growth. Mulch is a good idea.
Plant Scentlandia itea near a window or outdoor area where you can enjoy its fragrance. Its small stature makes it a nice choice for adding color and scent to perennial gardens. Blooms on old wood in early summer.
Itea is one of the few shrubs that will still flower reasonably well even in shade.
This eastern native thrives in partially shaded, moist conditions. Typically cascading growth is set off by unique white spire flowers like dozens of drooping candles. A bonus of muted fall color that brings light and interest into shaded corners. A carefree native for background. Perfect in woodland gardens where it prefers the acidic soils and muted light of canopies overhead. A great candidate for wildlife friendly gardens composed of native plants of all kinds.