Blessed with strongly scented flowers from late spring into early summer, French lilacs are desirable deciduous shrubs that really make their presence felt. Appearing in great profusion at the end of branches clothed with heart shaped green leaves, the tiny, packed clusters of purple buds open to reveal a mass of brightly coloured tubular flowers that smell great and act as a magnet to wildlife. A real sun lover, lilacs can be grown in just about any soil or can be raised in large containers.
For a sensational floral display, year after year, deadhead when two new shoots appear beneath faded blooms and remove any wayward branches to keep a compact shape.
• Syringa Vulgaris Mme Lemoine - clear, bright white blooms.
• Syringa Vulgaris Prince Wolkonsky Double - dark red purple flowers.
• Syringa Vulgaris Sensation - purple blue flowers with contrasting white margins.