Itea virginica, originally from eastern North America, is a hardy, upright then arching shrub capable of withstanding UK winters. Its fragrant blooms are in dense, erect racemes that could be up to 15cm in length. Also it is semi-evergreen, losing some of its foliage but keeping the rest through autumn and winter. Flowers May-June. Height 150-200cm. Supplied in a 3 litre pot.