If you buy deciduous shrubs in autumn they might not be looking quite as beautiful as usual. The big benefit of planting shrubs in autumn is that by spring they will be well rooted in the garden and ready to burst into growth.
|Latin name:||Syringa vulgaris|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||April - June|
|Growing Height:||150 - 250 cm|
|Planting distance:||150 - 200 cm|
Make sure the root ball of Syringa vulgaris is well-moistened by soaking it in a bucket of lukewarm water before planting. Prepare a large hole in humus-rich soil and loosen the soil. Plant the root ball of the lilac at the right depth in the hole - the top of the root ball should be slightly below ground level. Fill the hole with soil, press firmly down and water immediately after planting. Place this shrub in a sheltered spot with full sun or light shade.
Lilac makes a great pot plant
Syringa vulgaris thrives well in a large planter too - 'large' to prevent the shrub from falling over. The planter must have adequate drainage and have a layer of potsherds on the bottom, or some clay pellets. Plant the well-drenched lilac root ball in the pot, fill with potting compost and water immediately.
Water your Lilac regularly, especially when grown in a pot, as it doesn't like dry soil. In fact, water it more often during dry periods. Cover the soil around the bush with a layer of compost and fertilise it in early spring.
After flowering you can prune the branches of the Syringa vulgaris but leave its young side shoots to bloom the next spring. Remove suckers growing up from the roots. Unpruned, Lilacs grow to 3 or 4 metres tall over several years but it does respond well to pruning and it is easy to keep it at around 2 metres. This makes this Lilac suitable for the smaller garden too.
The very popular lilac blooms May-June. The purple and white flower clusters of Syringa vulgaris exude a wonderful fragrance. This lilac grows wild within many parts of southern Europe. Did you know that the lilac tree belongs to the Olive family?