Deutzia 'Pink a Boo' blooms every May, hundreds of blossoms covering its leaves.
It's underplanted with lamium.
Dwarf sweetspire 'Little Henry', a fragrant shrub that smells like honey, blooms at the same time as the deutzia. Both shrubs are favored by bees and are often so covered with pollinators they seem to hum.
After blooming, both shrubs will be cut back by half in order to guarantee flowers next year. Next year's flower buds will form on the new wood that grows this year.
White columbine and sweetspire grow in the light shade under the dogwood.
Three sweetspire anchor the dogwood garden. A second sweetspire grows just past the blue cranesbill geraniums near the gate.
Sweetspire grows near monarda and geums.
This side of the dogwood garden faces the patio. Pink swamp milkweed, phlox, white trumpet lilies, campanula 'Summertime Blues' yellow columbine, and kalimeris grow near the sweetspire. Self-seeded impatiens have started to sprout at its base.