The plant has a pleasant and interesting fragrance. Our plant is an old fashioned variety with rust red flowers. I would likely plant one again but only for its. Fragrance. I'm not overly impressed with the appearance of the shrub which is small, gangly and not very special. It is certainly not a lovely three season plant like 'Henry Garnet' Itea which has lovely cascading white flowers in the spring, nice textured foliage in the summer, dep crimson in the fall, and interesting red branching in the winter. To me only flaw with Itea is its tendency to grow suckers from the roots near the plant and from low growing branches. These are very shallow and easy to pull however, and only need too be pulled once or twice per year.
Eclectic gardening style, drawing from 45 years of interest and experience. Mostly plant in raised beds and containers primarily using intensive gardening techniques.