THERE ARE MORE THAN 2,000 NAMED LILAC CULTIVARS, and I grow just a handful. But in early May, I feel as if I’m positively surrounded by them–one of the great joys of a Northern garden, where the climate suits these popular spring shrubs. You won’t find any with silly modern names here (I know, the recent “reblooming” variety ‘Bloomerang’ is all the rage) because I like my lilacs to not just look and smell but also sound old-fashioned. Like these beauties, in an updated Syringa slideshow:
Click on the first thumbnail to start the slides, then toggle from image to image using the arrows on your keyboard or beside each caption. Enjoy!
Learn More About Lilacs
- “Lilacs,” by Father John Fiala (from Timber Press), an encyclopedia of the genus by a top breeder.
- The International Lilac Society website (where to visit prominent collections, retail and wholesale sources, more).
- Lilac pruning (article by Jeff Jabco, from Fine Gardening).
- What? Can’t live without a ‘Bloomerang’ in your garden? Read about it here. The late Father Fiala never would have chosen such an unromantic name!