Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and Other Late Spring Plants

Common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is unparalleled by any other garden shrub for its beauty, elegance and rich colour in late spring. Named varieties and hybrids, sometimes listed under Syringa x hyacinthiflora, come in a range of colours in addition to the typical lilac-mauve, mauve-purple, pinkish mauve, wine red, creamy white and pure white.

syringa vulgarisGrowing up to 3.5m (12ft) in height, with a spread of up to 3m (10ft), lilac is best suited to a large shrubbery or it can be grown as a specimen plant. The distinctively and strongly scented flowers are borne in pyramid-shaped clusters up to 23cm (9in) long.

Other late spring plants

Azaleas and rhododendrons are among the most popular of late spring shrubs, but they are generally successful only on acid, peaty soils. There are hundreds of species and varieties to choose from, coming in a vast range of colours and sizes — make sure you check the ultimate size of any plant carefully before buying to avoid problems later on.

For a strong orange-blossom scent and starry white flowers, choose the evergreen Mexican orange (Choisya ternata). This compact shrub does well in a large container or against a sunny wall.

Weigela florida and its hybrids burst into pink, red or white blossom in late spring, making an informal backdrop for lower-growing flowers such as mauve or pink crane’s-bills (Geranium), aquilegia, blue forget-me-not (Myosotis), red-mauve honesty (Lunaria annua) and late tulips.

Rock gardens abound with flowering plants in late spring. The most stunning displays are given by Alyssum saxatile, Aubrieta deltoidea, Iberis semperflorens and Phlox subulata.

17. June 2011 by admin
Categories: Ornamental Shrubs, Plants | Tags: , | Comments Off on Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and Other Late Spring Plants

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