The summer lilac (Buddleja davidii), also known as the butterfly bush, is a bush-sized species belonging to the figwort family. Originally from Northwest China and Japan, today it is found all over Europe.
Despite its name, it is only a distant relative to true lilacs. Its shoots grow up to 30 cm long and develop numerous impressive-looking panicles, made up of tiny flowers with yellow centers and petals ranging between violet, white, pink and reddish purple. Potentially blooming from July up until the end of September, it lures bees and butterflies all summer long with its pleasant smell.
You can smell our fragrant ‘bee-coy’ in the Scent Garden.
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