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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 shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Additional FeaturesGood to knowGrown 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 & DiseasesLilac blight, honey fungus, leaf miners, thripsPlace of originSoutheastern Europe to eastern Asia
Scented PlantsScented flowersS. emodi has unpleasant scent. S. vulgaris is very fragrant..
Soil ConditionsAlkaline / Chalk lovingFertile well drained soilNeutral to alkaline soil
WildlifeBee friendlyRabbit Resistant
Buy Varieties of SYRINGA
slow growing compact variety with panicles of pink-mauve flowers in profusion from an early age
dainty scented lilac flowers borne in profusion
a very unusual species which deserves to be more widely known if only because it looks so unlike a lilac. White or lavender tinted flowers in small panicles in May and long pinnate leaves with 7-11 leaflets
a compact and mounded but highly floriferous variety with pink buds opening to paler pink
a startling new introduction with pinkish-mauve semi-double flowers opening first a delicate light blue and then fading to light mauve
double lavender-blue flowers from purple buds
deep red buds opening to pale pink double flowers with strong sweet fragrance
single pale yellow
prominent white edging to the reddish-purple flowers