Favourite Plants AtoZ: Lilac

February 8, 2011 at 9:08 am Leave a comment

Oh the sweet scent of Lilac. Purple Lilac ShrubWhether the tree or shrub, I would recommend at least one variety in any garden. For colour, the shrub forms offer shades of pink, white and, purple. Dwarf options are available if your space it limited, and you can even choose a standard tree if you don’t have enough room for a full size like the Ivory Silk Lilac. When deciding whether to go with the deciduous tree or shrub form; consider that the tree form (reticulata/pekinensis) are less aromatic, and bloom later in the spring, while the shrub forms (vulgaris) achieve a range of height, are more aromatic, and bloom a little earlier in the spring compared to the tree form.  Make sure to remove the spent blooms after flowering to ensure better flowering each season. Lilacs are most used as specimen plants, but can also be used as hedges. Most will tolerate a little shade, but do best with part to full sun.

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