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“I have loved lilacs since before I can remember. There are all sorts and varieties, allowing one to extend the lilac season from early bloomers, late bloomers, and in between bloomers. But I say the best is the old fashioned variety. Its soft luxurious scent is divine. They have bred plants for so many things, but they always seem to forget how important smell is. Nothing beats the intoxicating scent of a lilac.  It is a promise of everlasting love.  Reminding us why we fell in love with our hearts content and our gardens and all that is beautiful in this world. And I imagine I shall love lilacs as the last intoxicating fragrance I breathe in on this world.” Kevin Cook
 
 
 

Ludwig Spaeth lilac (syringa ‘Ludwig Spaeth’)

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Shrub                   3g                                                               30.00                            0                       

     

  Ludwig Spaeth Lilac, Syringa vulgaris 'Andenken an Ludwig Spaeth', is a French Hybrid Lilac with single red-purple flowers in early June that are excellent as cut flowers because of their very fine fragrance. This lilac is beautiful as a hedge or background planting. The blooms come late spring, extending the lilac season! This lilac has an outstanding open branched, upright habit useful in mixed shrub borders or in mass plantings. It is easily grown in average, medium moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Ludwig Spaeth tolerates light shade, but best bloom is in full sun. It prefers organically rich, slightly acidic soils with good drainage. Once it is established, it only needs occasional watering. With its lovely spring accent, it makes a wonderful screen or border specimen. It grows 10-12 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide.

 

 

 

 

Zone: 2a

Height: 12ft

Spread: 9 feet
            Sun: full sun

Flowers: fragrant reddish-purple flowers- excellent for cutting

Spring/summer foliage: blueish-green  

Soil: well drained
Suckering: Yes

Comments: Very hardy and tends to sucker...spread....but it looks amazing!

 

 

 

 




Sensation lilac (syringa Vulgaris ‘sensation’)
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Shrub                                         2g                                                                                               30.00                                2  
 
   Sensation lilacs have a very pretty purple flower with an unusual white edge. The overall effect draws much interest and attention to this lilac plant.
Lilacs are famous shrubs with showy flowers from May to June. Rich and dense upright panicles of tiny, fragrant flowers last for 3-4 weeks. Sensation is a variety with a perfect name. Its individual flowers are deep purple to violet with rich, white margins = an eye-catcher even for those who consider lilacs far too usual. They are strongly fragrant.

Stiff leaves are heart-shaped, upto 10 cm long, mid to dark green. Lilacs are popular for showy flowers as well as dense foliage which make them ideal for informal hedges. As it flowers on previous year’s growths any pruning should be done immediately after flowering – in June.
 
 
Zone: 2a
Height: 9ft
Spread: 9 feet
            Sun: full sun
Flowers: pretty purple flower with an unusual white edge
Spring/summer foliage: dark green  
Soil: well drained
Suckering: no
Comments: Very hardy and excellent for cutting! I had to have one!@
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Miss Kim lilac (syringa Vulgaris ‘Miss Kim')
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Shrub         1gal                                                                                                                       20.00                                6        
 
Miss Kim Lilac is covered in stunning panicles of fragrant lavender flowers rising above the foliage in late spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. 
 
 A compact garden accent shrub featuring showy panicles of light lilac-pink flowers in spring and crinkled foliage, impressive fall color for a lilac; upright and dense, an ideal garden shrub alone or in groupings, fragrance is overwhelmingly spicy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 2b
Height: 6ft
Spread: 6ft
            Sun: full sun
Flowers: light purple blooms -late spring 
Spring/summer foliage: green  
Soil: well drained
Comments: Very hardy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Charles Jolly lilac (syringa x vulgaris Charles Jolly)
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Shrub         5gal                                                                                                                       35.00                               3
 
This French hybrid lilac offers purple buds that open to deep magenta double flowers. Always a show stopper.

The Lilacs are perhaps the most iconic of late spring flowering shrubs. Originally arising from south east Europe to China and Japan with the variety vulgaris as one of the most intensively bred of all species of plant, with over 2000 different cultivars and more arising every year. No one can discuss Syringia vulgaris without mentioning Victor Lemoine and his son Emile who, at their nursery in Nancy, France, raised many of today's cultivars. Charles Joly was one of these, introduced in 1896 it is a superb large hardy shrub with glossy green leaves and with many dense panicles of richly fragrant dark red double flowers in May and June. A reliable cultivar of great merit. Lilacs prefer full sun but will flourish in partial shade. They are not fussy as to soil as long as it is reasonably well drained. They are excellent in chalky soil. Old flowering wood should be pruned out as soon as the flowers are finished and harder pruning can be undertaken at the same time if required. Lilacs take 2-3 years to reach full flowering potential. This plant can be planted as part of a mixed border or as a stand alone specimen in the garden or a container. If planting in a pot or other container. Use a good quality John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade and become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 12-14 month applied in the early spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost. 
 
 
 
 
Zone:3
Height: 12ft
Spread: 8ft
            Sun: full sun
Flowers: double wine red blossoms 
blooms -late spring 
Spring/summer foliage: green  
Soil: well drained
Comments: Very hardy
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Persian lilac (syringa Persica)
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Shrub         1gal                                                                                                                       15.00                                0
 
This is the lilac that many experts say is the loveliest of all! This gorgeous, fragrant Persian Lavender Lilac produces an abundance of lavender blooms for loads of cut flowers. Beautiful deep green leaves. The Persian Lavender Lilacs are very easy to grow and ideal in groups or borders.       
 
 
 
 
Zone: 3
Height: 8ft
Spread: 10ft
Sun: full sun
Flowers: lavender blooms of breathtaking fragrance
Spring/summer foliage: green  
Soil: well drained
Comments: Very hardy and blooms in late spring....just simply beautiful!!!!       
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Dwarf Korean lilac (syringa Vulgaris ‘Dwarf Korean’)
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Shrub         2gal                                                                                                                       30.00                                 2           
 
Dwarf Korean Lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’) has a sweet fragrance to it. An outstanding, low-maintenance shrub or low hedge when left to its own devices.
Its neat, rounded growth habit is easily maintained in a lollipop shape with little or no pruning required. The tiny green leaves of Dwarf Korean Lilac are fine-textured and somewhat glossy, giving the plant a good appearance throughout the growing season. This native of Northern China is rated hardy to USDA Zone 3 and is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions and soil types including alkaline growing conditions. It is resistant to mildew and very easy to grow.  
 
These lilacs are suitable for the smaller garden, where a standard lilac would be too large. They reach an ultimate size of 4-5' by 4-5', and can be kept smaller. In the spring, they produce pretty 5 inch-long clusters of fragrant flowers that are purple, fading to light pink.
 
 
 
Zone: 3b
Height:     4.5ft
Spread: 4.5ft
            Sun: full sun
Flowers: purple/pink blue blooms of breathtaking fragrance
Spring/summer foliage: green  
Soil: well drained
Suckering: no
Comments: Very hardy and blooms in late spring. Had one....went well where I didn't have much space in the front garden. Love the fragrance!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
President Lincoln lilac (syringa President Lincoln)
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Shrub         2gal                                                                                                                       25.00                                 n/a        
 
 
A striking spring blooming shrub featuring breathtakingly fragrant lilac-blue flowers held in upright panicles; upright, multi-stemmed habit, very hardy, tends to sucker, ideal for screening; full sun and well-drained soil, allow room for air movement.
 
President Lincoln Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant sky blue flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive lilac purple flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. 





      Zone: 2a
Height: 10ft
Spread: 10ft
            Sun: full sun
Flowers: sky blue blooms of breathtaking fragrance
Spring/summer foliage: blue-green  
Soil: well drained
Suckering: yes
Comments: Very hardy and blooms in late spring or early summer....added this one to my garden!
 
 
 

 
 
James MacFarlane lilac (syringa "James MacFarlane")
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Shrub            5 gal                                                                                                                   35.00                            4    
 
Single, true pink flowers two weeks later than French hybrids. Profuse bloomer and extremely hardy shrub that can take more moisture than other lilacs. 
 
Large clusters of fragrant, clear pink flowers appear in late spring, among narrow, heart shaped leaves on this upright oval shrub. Perfect for informal hedge or screen. Terrific cut flower.
 Hardy to -40°F
            
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 3
Height: 8-12ft
Spread: 6-8ft
          Sun: full sun
Flowers: clear pink blooms of breathtaking fragrance
Spring/summer foliage: green  
Soil: well drained
Suckering: yes
Comments: Very hardy and blooms in late spring...great if nothing seems to survive where you live...also a nice lilac anywhere!
 
 
 

 
 
Bloomerang® Purple lilac (syringa "Bloomerang")
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Shrub            2 gal                                                                                                                     25.00                             sold out
 
 
Enjoy classic lilac fragrance for months instead of weeks! A revolutionary new kind of lilac, Bloomerang blooms in spring and then again throughout the summer. It does go through a rest period in the heat of the summer, then flowers. While traditional lilac varieties bloom for a few short weeks in spring, Bloomerang's fragrant flowers continue until frost. This compact, mounded variety fits easily into any landscape, and is ideal as a foundation planting or as part of the mixed border. You can even include it into perennial beds 
 
 
The initial bloom is heavy and appears in mid-May. It goes through a rest in June and then begins to rebloom in July and continues on until frost. While the summer and fall panicles are not as large as those in the spring, it puts on a very good show. Every single branch bears flowers (not just an occasional flower). One of the reasons for its propensity to flower is its strong growth. As long as it continues to grow it continues to produce new flowers. You don’t have to prune it get it to rebloom, however, a light shearing after the initial bloom results in a fuller plant with more branches and thus more blooms.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 3
Height: 5ft
Spread: 4ft
            Sun: full sun
Flowers: purple blooms
Spring/summer foliage: green  
Soil: well drained
Suckering:no
Comments: Very hardy and blooms continuously from spring to fall
 
 
 
 

 
 
Tinkerbelle lilac (syringa "tinkerbelle")
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Shrub            1gal                                                                                                                     20.00                              0
 
Highly ornamental shrub that extends the colour range of Dwarf Korean Lilac. Thrusses of wine-coloured buds open to deep-pink blooms of spicy fragrance. Neat, compact growth habit.
 
In late spring when most other lilacs have finished flowering, this compact variety is just beginning. First in the Fairytale series of lilacs.  Wine red buds open to spicy scented deep pink flowers.  Its compact form makes it an excellent foundation or specimen plant.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 3
Height: 6ft
Spread: 6ft
            Sun: full sun
Flowers: deep-pink blooms of spicy fragrance
Spring/summer foliage: green  
Soil: well drained
Suckering:no
Comments: Very hardy and blooms after other lilacs are done...although ours are in bloom in mid May--thanks to greenhouse propagation ..but next year in your yard it will bloom in late June.
 
 
 
 

 
Minuet lilac (syringa "minuet")
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Shrub            5gal                                                                                                                    35.00                             4                                  NEW!!
 
Minuet Lilac, Syringa 'Minuet', is a light purple flower that buds open into single, fragrant, soft white-pink blooms. This compact, slow growing lilac has large, dark green leaves that fully clothe the branches. Minuet is a great dwarf plant with fragrant light purple blooms. It requires full sun for exceptionally profuse bloom production. Minuet adapts to many soil types, not invasive, and suckering is minimal. It is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. It tolerates light shade, but best bloom quality and disease resistance occur in full sun. It prefers rich, moist, neutral soils. It should be pruned as needed immediately after flowering. It grows 6-8 wide.
 
 
 
 
Zone: 2
Height: 6-8ft
Spread: 4-6ft
            Sun: full sun
Flowers: light lavender blooms -nice fragrance
Spring/summer foliage: green  
bloom: late spring
Soil: well drained
Suckering: minimal
Comments: Very hardy and makes an excellent hedge- Minimal suckering!!
 
 
 
 

 
 
Ivory Silk lilac (Syringa reticulate)  (see flowering and shade trees)
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seedling       1-2gal                                                                                                                    25.00                                 2                 
 
   
tree            175cm                                                                                                                      115.00                                 2  
 
 
Ivory Silk Tree Lilac features showy plumes of fragrant creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The smooth dark red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
 
A first rate accent tree adorned with frothy upright panicles of creamy white flowers in July; interesting steel-gray bark and a dense, upright habit, an ideal choice for small home landscapes; needs full sun and well-drained soil; non-suckering.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Zone: 3a

Height: 20ft
Spread: 14ft
            Sun: full sun
Flowers: Fragrant creamy white flowers in July
Spring/summer foliage: green  
Soil: well drained
Comments: Very hardy and blooms after other lilacs are done.
 
 
 
 
 

 
Donald Wyman lilac (syringa "Donald Wyman")
                                                                                                                                $Price                 Availability     NEW!!
Shrub           5gal                                                                                                    35.00                             4
 
Considered by many to be the finest lilac, this gem features upright panicles of lightly fragrant pinkish-purple flowers in late spring; multi-stemmed and upright, forms a large ball; a superb specimen plant; full sun and well-drained soil; non-suckering. I particularly love the "non-suckering" aspect.
 
Donald Wyman Lilac features showy panicles of lightly-scented fuchsia flowers rising above the foliage in late spring. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn buttery yellow in fall.
 
 
The Preston lilacs were first hybridized by Isabella Preston at the Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Ontario.
 
 
 
 
Zone: 2
Height: 10ft
Spread: 8ft
          Sun: full sun
Flowers: pinkish-purple bloom of spicy fragrance- late spring
Spring/summer foliage: forest green  
Soil: well drained
Comments: Very hardy and attracts butterflies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Agnes Smith Lilac                                                                                $Price                 Availability     NEW!! 2014

Shrub           3gal                                                                       25.00                             0       




Agnes Smith is an elegant variety of Canadian lilac with snow white flowers. They are sweetly scented, tubular, formed in more or less upright panicles. The difference between these and common lilacs is that panicles of Canadian lilac are not as clustered as on common lilac, flower 2-3 weeks later and thanks to the open flowers they make a nice and relaxed appearance on the first hot summer days. 
 
Great as a showpiece or mass plantings!
 
 
 
 
Zone: 2
Height: 5ft
Spread: 5ft
            Sun: full sun
Flowers: white bloom of spicy fragrance- early summer
Spring/summer foliage: forest green  
Soil: well drained
Comments: Very hardy and attracts butterflies 







 
Little Boy Blue Lilac                                                                                $Price                 Availability     NEW!! 2014

Shrub           3gal                                                                         25.00                             sold out       


This common lilac cultivar is a dwarf, rounded, deciduous shrub which typically grows only 3-5' tall. Sky blue, sweetly fragrant, single flowers are arranged in dense, pyramidal, terminal clusters (panicles) which cover this shrub in late May- June (eastern Canada). Ovate to cordate, dark green leaves (to 5" long). Excellent fresh cut flower. Although sold in commerce as 'Little Boy Blue', this cultivar is synonymous with and registered as 'Wonder Blue'. Lilacs have been a garden favorite for years and often evoke nostalgic feelings of home and childhood. Walt Whitman lyrically extolled the lilac as "tall-growing with heart-shaped leaves of rich green, With many a pointed blossom rising delicate, with the perfume strong I love, With every leaf a miracle..." in his 1865 poem "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd".
 
 
Zone: 3
Height: 3-5ft
Spread: 3-5ft
            Sun: full sun
Bloom: May-June
Flowers: sky blue blooms and fragrant
Spring/summer foliage: green  
Soil: well drained
Suckering:no
Comments: Very hardy and is another great Blue lilac choice

 


Beauty of Moscow Lilac                                                                                $Price                 Availability     NEW!! 2014


Shrub           3gal                                                                         35.00                            5  
 
The large, gorgeous, white double flowers with a tinge of pink are perfectly formed and strongly fragrant as they emerge in mid spring. This spectacular plant offers not only rare beauty, but also very good resistance to pests and disease. In addition, it's extremely hardy and weather resistant. Reaches 15' tall and spreads 6-12' wide. Can easily be trimmed to a shorter height. Ships in 4" pots. Syringa vulgaris 'Krasavitsa Moskvy'. - 
One of the most sought after lilacs!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 3
Height: 6-12ft
Spread: 6-12ft
         Sun: full sun
Bloom: May-June
Flowers: double flower white with hint of pink
blooms and most fragrant
Spring/summer foliage: green  
Soil: well drained
Suckering:no
Comments: Very hardy and most cherished

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
...More lilacs to come.....