There is a Lilac bush in my front yard that is opening up gorgeous lavender blossoms. The buds are a deep magenta-purpley color, but when they open up into those tiny flowers, they are a very light lavender. The birds love the bush — it’s thick cover of leaves offers great protection for them when they get startled. It’s flowers are one of the strongest smelling around here; when there are a bunch of lilac bushes in one place, it’s all you can smell. Nectar-eating insects such as bees & butterflies love it. They are extremely hardy; my bush has been blooming beautifully for many years. When they stop blooming later in summer, they provide a nice shade bush too.