Growing Deutzia Shrubs In Your Garden
They rarely inspires visitors to gasp in admiration, but deutzia shrubs (Deutzia spp.) provide your garden with structure and fragrance. There are about 60 species of small flowering shrubs in the genus Deutzia. They are native to Asia and Central America. Most Deutzia are deciduous, but a few subtropical species are evergreen. The flowers are white in most species, but a few are pink or reddish. Deutzia species bloom in spring. They are used as garden shrubs, and the smaller varieties can be grown as groundcovers or in containers. One of the most popular is Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’, which won the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Award in 1989. Deutzia scabra varietals are valued for their double flowers. Deutzia is an easy shrub to grow, tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. Slender Deutzia prefers moist, humusy soil with a neutral pH, but is quite tolerant of dry and heavy soils within a wide pH range. It blooms best in full sun but will tolerate light shade. They are hardy in zones 5 to 8.
In keeping with its modest appearance, deutzia shrubs, require minimal attention from a gardener when grown in the appropriate hardiness zones. The shrubs do fine in moderately moist soil and accept full sun or partial shade with equanimity. Adding organic compost to the soil may hasten growth but these accepting shrubs also grow in clay soil. A gardener’s biggest job is to prune the shrub to maintain its compact, arching form.