Lilac Love


If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Audra Foveo

Lilacs and Sunshine. What a beautiful sight and scent to usher in the unofficial start to Summer. When you plant a Lilac in your garden you are choosing a shrub that is part of this country’s history. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both recorded Lilacs in bloom in their gardens. Although Lilacs are part of New Englnd’s heritage, they are not native here. Of the 20-plus species of Lilacs, two derive from Europe and the others are from Asia. The common Lilac ‘Syringa Vulgaris’ originated in eastern Europe. This species and hybrids of it were so frequently grown and selected by French nurserymen that France became synonymous with fine Lilacs; we know them today as “French hybrids.”

Two popular choices for the contemporary landscape are Syringa Patula ‘Miss Kim’ and S. Meyeri ‘Palibin.’ The compact, later flowering ‘Miss Kim’ is noted for its intense fragrance, and the neat growth habit of ‘Palibin’ fits well in the modern garden. Lilacs span a rainbow of colors, from rich Reds, Blues, and Purples to romantic Pinks, Whites, Mauve and the delicate Yellow of ‘Primrose.’