Lilacs

“With a bit of planning and attention to bloom time you can have flowers for at least two months each spring,” says Monrovia Craftsman, Lydia Gompper. “By planting early-, mid-, and late-season varieties that will blossom in succession (particularly if the weather is cool), you’ll be filling vases with cut branches of lilacs from May into June.”

Ludwig Spaeth Lilac


Syringa vulgaris ‘Andenken an Ludwig Spaeth’ An old cultivar developed in 1883, this is still one of the best purples available. Its panicle-like thyrses of single, red-purple flowers are produced late May to early June. Rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles.

Height:
10-12′

Spread:             
6-8′

Shape:
Upright

Foliage:
Green

Fall Foliage:
Insignificant

Exposure:
Full Sun

Zone:
3-7

Pocahontas Lilac


Syringa x hyacinthiflora ‘Pocahontas’ Deep maroon-purple buds open to fragrant, deep violet blooms early-to-mid May. A profuse bloomer, covering plant with purple blossoms in spring.

Height:
10-12′

Spread:     
10-12′

Shape:
Upright

Foliage:
Dark green

Fall Foliage:
Insignificant

Exposure:
Full Sun

Zone:
2-7

Dwarf Korean Lilac


Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ This dwarf variety has an excellent uniform habit and red-purple buds that open to fragrant, single, pale lilac flowers. Late season (late May to early June)

Height:
4-5′

Spread:    
5-7′

Shape:
Compact, low spreading

Foliage:
Dark green, small, clean

Exposure:
Full Sun

Zone:
3-7

Bloomerang®Lilac


Syringa x ‘Penda’ PP20,575 Enjoy classic lilac fragrance for months instead of weeks. A revolutionary new lilac, Bloomerang blooms in spring and then recurrently throughout summer. While traditional lilac varieties bloom for a few short weeks in spring, Bloomerang’s fragrant flowers appear recurrently until frost. This compact, mounded variety fits easily into any landscape, and is ideal as a foundation planting or as part of the mixed border. You can even include it into perennial beds. Early (early-to-mid May)

Height: 
4-5′

Spread:    
5-6′

Shape:
Mounded

Foliage:
Medium green

Exposure:
Full Sun

Zone:
3-7

Miss Kim Lilac


Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ This hardy lilac from Korea has purple buds that open to single, fragrant, pale lilac flowers when other lilacs have finished later in May. Also known as Syringa velutina, it has leaves larger than S. meyeri and S. microphylla and beautiful burgundy-red fall color.

Height:
6-7’

Spread:    
5-6’

Shape:
Broad, spreading

Foliage:
Dark, glossy green

Fall Foliage: 
Burgundy-red

Exposure: 
Full Sun

Zone: 
3-7

Donald Wyman Lilac


Syringa x prestoniae ‘Donald Wyman’ Panicles of purple buds opening to single, red-purple flowers. Blooms early to mid-June on large pyramidal spikes. Blooms two weeks later than common lilac. Excellent specimen or hedge plant.

Height:
8-10′

Spread:     
4-10’

Shape:
Upright, dense

Foliage:
Dark green

Fall Foliage:
Insignificant

Exposure:
Full Sun

Zone:
2-7