Summer lilac is a luscious addition to your summer flower bed. Its rich violet flowers bloom all through the sunny days and attract bees, butterflies, and insects that will benefit your garden. The best part is that the bush does not need much to thrive, so its long flower heads will enrich the air with honey-like fragrance.
Originally from China, Buddleja davidii is part of a family of more than 140 species with blooming plants. The species was spread in Europe and America around the 18th-19th century by the French missionary Father David (where the “davidii” comes from). The Buddleja name itself was given in honor of the amateur botanist Reverend Adam Buddie.
The butterfly bush is also a common name for the plant, as the rich flowers attract all kinds of butterfly species, making Buddleja davidii a good match for a butterfly garden.
Summer lilac grows easily in well-drained soil and can thrive in any corner of the garden except for a North-facing side. It can reach up to 10 ft (3m) tall if not pruned, hence being considered an invasive plant. With a little bit of care, it can border your garden alleys all summer long.