Frank P Matthews
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Lilac. Well known for their incredible flower and scent. Lilacs can be grown as a bushy shrub or small tree. They will tolerate most soils and do particularly well on chalky soil. A sunny, sheltered site is best for maximum blooms.
Most are cultivars of the common lilac, Syringa vulgaris that originated in Eastern Europe. It has been the focus of plant breeders for many years and there are over 500 varieties in circulation.
There are some other delightful species available such as Syringa tomentella, Syringa josikea, Syringa meyeri and Syringa villosa. These mostly originate from China, Japan and Korea. Syringa reticulata, also known as Japanese Tree Lilac, has large cream panicles of flowers and is well worth planting.
Highly fragrant, large double white flowers open from yellow buds. Height and spread after 10 years 3m x 2m.
Dark green heart shaped leaves. Dense panicles of fragrant, deep purple red double flowers, fading to pink.
Small panicles of fragrant, single pale primrose yellow fowers. Heart-shaped leaves. Height 8-12ft.
Large, fragrant, single, purplish red florets edged with white margins. Relatively loose habit.
Small shrub that produces a profusion of pretty lilac-pink flowers in May and June emerging from darker pink buds.
Panicles of sweetly scented pink flowers make an appearance in spring-summer and often return in summer-autumn.
Fragrant double lilac-pink/blue variety with glossy heart shaped leaves. Small tree or large shrub.
Spreading habit, double white flowers from pale lavender tinted buds. An extremely fine and heavy bloomer.
Single, dark, purple-red flowers, highly scented. Heart shaped mid-green foliage. After 10yrs 2.5m x 2m.
Double purple-lavender flowers fading to lilac-pink. Highly fragrant. Height & spread after 10yrs 3m x 2m.
Highly scented single wine red flowers in May. Popular and reliable. Height & spread after 10yrs 3m x 2m.
Attractive peeling, cinnamon brown bark once mature. Small, cream, fragrant flowers cover the tree in large clusters.