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Commonly known as Lilac
The epitome of the English garden, not just in old vicarages, in thousands of old cottage gardens in May the lilac is in bloom.
Genus of about 20 species of deciduous trees and shrubs from woodland and scrub from southeastern Europe to eastern Asia. Tubular flowers are attractive to long-tongued insects.
Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Additional Features - Good to know - grown for, usually, very fragrant small tubular flowers in pyramidal or conical clusters. Deadhead newly-planted lilacs before fruit forms. Prompt deadheading thereafter produces more blooms. S. vulgaris will tolerate hard renovation pruning.
Pests & Diseases - lilac blight, honey fungus, leaf miners, thrips
Place of origin - southeastern Europe to eastern Asia
Is Scented Plant - Scented flowers - S. emodi has unpleasant scent. S. vulgaris is very fragrant..
Soil Conditions - Alkaline / Chalk loving
Fertile well drained soil
Neutral to alkaline soil
Wildlife - Bee friendly