EXPRESS DELIVERY
From an additional £2.99
PRICE PROMISE
We price match to give best deal
PAY ON FINANCE
Options Available

Garden Centre


Essential Plants 196.jpg
197.gif
To most gardeners lilac is lilac and they have little thought beyond having a white or a lilac-coloured one.

However there are a number of species and a lot of cultivars from which to choose. One of the important factors may be size. Some are relatively small getting no bigger than 60cm (2ft) and are thus suitable for the smallest of gardens. Other grow into trees but even these rarely get above 3-4m (10-12 ft) and are relatively slim-line so they take up little space.

Very few lilacs are grown for their foliage, which while not unattractive has few outstanding merits. They are grown for their flowers which appear in early summer, and in particular for their very distinctive fragrance.

The colour is basically lilac, but varying to almost red and purple at one extreme and pink and white at the other. There are even some creamy yellow forms. The problem with the white and cream forms is that the flowers can look ugly when they fade to brown. One way round this is to dead-head them if you have the time.

Generally, however, not much pruning is required. They can be grown best in neutral to alkaline soils, but prefer them to be fertile. Plant in full sun.

Click to view  Garden Plants, Bulbs & Seeds for sale  in our online store

Bookmark and Share

Other Essential Plants Articles
   African Blue Lilies        Alliums
   Autumn Crocus        Begonias
   Bellflowers        Berberis
   Birch        Bottlebrush
   Brooms        Buddlejas
   Buttercups        Cacti
   Californian Lilacs        Camellias
   Catmint        Cherries & Plums
   Chrysanthemums        Clematis
   Columbines        Cotoneasters
   Cranesbills        Crocuses
   Cyclamen        Cypresses
   Daffodils        Dahlias
   Daisy Bushes        Daphnes
   Day Lilies        Delphiniums
   Deutzias        Dogwoods
   Elaeagnus        Elders
   Escallonias        Eucalyptus
   Evening Primrose        False Cypress
   Firethorn        Foxgloves
   Fritillaries        Fuchsias
   Gentian        Geraniums
   Heather        Heathers and Heaths
   Hebes        Hellebore
   Himalayan Poppy        Holly
   Honeysuckle        Horse Chestnut
   Hostas        House leeks
   Hydrangeas        Irises
   Ivies        Jasmines
   Juniper        Lilacs
   Lilies        Lungwort
   Magnolias        Mahonia
   Mallow        Malus
   Maples        Marguerites
   Michaelmas Daisies        Miscanthus
   Mock Orange        Pea flowers
   Peonies        Pines
   Pinks & Carnations        Poplars
   Poppies        Primroses
   Rhododendrons & Azaleas        Rock Roses
   Roses        Sages
   Snowdrops        Sorbus
   Spruces        Spurges
   Tulips        Viburnums
   Violets & Pansies        Wallflowers
   Willows        Wisteria
   Yews