The Smell of Springtime
Purple lovers, unite. Lilacs give us so much to be thankful for. They are exceptionally hardy and long-lived, they require very little maintenance, they attract pollinators in droves, and they have a wonderful fragrance. With centuries of breeding efforts behind it, this spring shrub has more reasons than ever to attract new followers. Visit this website to get more insight, lilac images.
Dwarf Korean Lilac
Not just for small spaces, the dwarf Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri “Palibin”) is large enough at five feet tall and seven feet wide to add heft to the spring border, while not overwhelming the average suburban lot. The dense growth habit of “Palabin” lilac makes it a good candidate for a hedge. As a bonus, the shrubs are resistant to mildew.
Souvenir de Louis Spaeth
The cerise blooms of “Souvenir de Louis Spaeth” attract butterflies and hummingbirds like mad in May, while shrugging off nibbling deer and rabbits. Although the 12-foot shrub has a vigorous growth habit, this cultivar is at its best in cool summer areas where powdery mildew is less likely to turn the foliage into an eyesore.
The icy lavender flower panicles of “Miss Kim” lilac will announce that spring has arrived every May in your full sun garden. The cold and heat tolerance of this variety has given it a wide following from Minnesota to Georgia. Try “Miss Kim” as a south-facing foundation planting, as the shrubs average 5 to 6 feet in height.
The bicolor flowers of “Sensation” lilac live up to its name, providing gardeners with a stop-and-stare (and smell) 15-foot specimen for the back of the spring border. If your shrub produces any branches with non-variegated flowers, prune those out so the plant doesn’t revert to a solid purple bush.
Syringa microphylla “Superba” strikes the perfect balance of lush rosy-pink flower clusters and petite leaves on a 6-foot lilac shrub. Although lilacs are known for being somewhat blah in the landscape after flowering is finished, “Superba” may surprise with late summer rebloom in ideal growing conditions of strong sun, mild summers, and regular irrigation.
The cheerful bubblegum pink blooms of Syringa baibelle “Tinkerbelle” give gardeners with smaller landscapes an opportunity to experience the fragrance of a late-blooming lilac, as the plants won’t exceed 6 feet in height. The slow-growing, compact plants require very little maintenance, and resist mildew as well.
The ethereal blooms of “Wedgwood Blue” lilac manage to be energizing and soothing at the same time. Repeat the wonderful lavender-blue tones in your landscape with companion plantings of wisteria, forget-me-nots, Dutch iris, and grape hyacinth to capitalize on the tranquility of this hue.
The upright form of “Maiden’s Blush” lilac makes it perfect to add to your landscape as a single specimen, as part of a border, or as a group planting. The variation in tone between buds and open blossoms gives the appearance of layers of pigment, as in a Monet painting. Prune after flowering to keep the height at a manageable 8 to 10 feet.