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Syringa vulgaris - Mrs Edward Harding' (Lilac)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Purple Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Syringa vulgaris Description

This deciduous shrub - much loved for its hardiness and ability to produce masses of Lilac red flowers throughout early summer, all being heavily scented. This hardy and easy to grow large shrub is great for back of border / informal screen 3m X 2.5m.

Syringa vulgaris - Cultivation Notes

Lilac will flourish in any reasonable soil (even chalk) in full or part sun. It is very hardy, requiring little pruning. Cut back to 1m to rejuvenate old bushes. Plant in autumn / spring, remove flowers for 1st year.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Syringa vulgaris:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Syringa vulgaris

  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Syringa vulgaris:

  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils
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bushes and trees for fast growing screening
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Common Missspellings: Siringa, Siringer, Syringer