is is the most common lilac available in this country to grow in gardens. The common name ‘lilac’ refers to the colour but there are many available.
Ten lilac tips:
- One point worth noting is that if you are particular about the colour it’s a good idea to buy it in flower!
- Container-grown plants can be planted at any time of the year but ensure they are well watered before and after planting for several months.
- Lilacs can be grown in most well-drained soils and thrive in alkaline, chalky ones which is good to know.
- They prefer a sunny site but can be grown alone or in a mixed border.
- It’s a true English cottage garden plant that can be combined with other shrubs and under-planted with spring bulbs or cottage perennials.
- Prune immediately after flowering, removing the spent blooms and cutting to a strong pair of buds.
- Remove suckers when young.
- Syringa vulgaris can grow very large so give it room; there are smaller varieties such as Syringa microphylla which can form a compact shrub for smaller gardens.
- Feed with blood, fish and bone or a slow release fertilizer.
- Don’t forget to pick and enjoy some of the flowers inside!
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