For fragrance alone, this shrub would be a winner. This is a dwarf lilac, syringa meyeri ‘Paliban.’
It has been through a major assault with a snow plow at least once, (you can still see the partial hole that remains) as well as various minor assaults by other lesser vehicles. Nothing seems to trouble it.
While the flower color isn’t quite as deep as some as the “full-sized” lilacs, its fragrance is every bit as lovely.
It blooms 10 days to 2 weeks later than the “full sized” lilacs in my yard.
This Deutzia never fails to charm me as well. It goes by the trademarked name, Chardonnay Pearls (Its botanical is deutzia gracilis ‘Duncan’).
Here is a branch with mixed flowers and buds.
And here is a branch of buds, showing how it got its name.