(Syringa pabescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim')
Why it's a standout: Adored for its rafts of decadently fragrant, lavender-pink flowers, 'Miss Kim' blooms on the cusp of summer (later than most lilacs), making it an excellent substitute for butterfly bush. It keeps a tidy shape as it grows 6 to 8 feet tall and wide, and wraps up each season with a display of burgundy fall foliage.
What it needs: Full sun; average, well-drained soil
Zones: 3 to 8