Untouched color/colour photograph by J. McCombie.
Syringa vulgaris – Common purple lilac was one of the plants most commonly brought to Canada by homesick settlers. Bushes still can be seen thriving near abandoned pioneer homesteads.
In the spring Lilacs will burst into bloom. Lovely clusters of lavender flowers sit against dark green, heart shaped leaves, and the fragrance is just delightful. These plants are so aromatic butterflies and hummingbirds find them irresistible.
Although it’s been recreated for perfumes and candles, nothing compares to the scent of fresh Lilac. The fragrance is captivating; literally spring will be in the air for weeks, if not months.
Planted in any sunny spot in a yard, the Lilac will thrive in most any soil and can withstand even severe winters. This shrub has been a favorite for decades because you can essentially plant it and ignore it.
Lilacs will grow quickly to a height of 8-10 feet making it a stunning choice as a hedge or privacy screen, but it’s also lovely as an accent plant.
Although purple is the most popular color choice, Lilacs are available in many colors. For a colorful hedge add the Persian and White Lilacs. For an evergreen hedge try the Dark Star California Lilac, it has year round foliage with the same great spring scent and blossoms.
The Lilac is a beautiful, traditional shrub that is pleasing and potent. A wonderful addition to any landscape.
The lilac belongs to the olive family (Oleaceae), which is distinguished by having plants with flower parts in multiples of twos. This family includes olive trees, forsythia and jasmine. There are many varieties of lilacs grown in gardens all over the world, with numerous flower colours including white, pink, blue and purples varying from pale to reddish to very dark. The common purple lilac described below, known and loved in much of the world for its beauty and fragrance, has been used extensively as an indicator species for phenology studies like Plantwatch.