Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'
- available to order from autumn
- 3 litre pot
This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The single, rich purple-red flowers of this rare lilac have a distict white edge to each petal, creating a beautiful bi-colour effect. They are highly fragrant and appear in great trusses in late spring when they will fill the air with their sweet scent. Ideal for wildlife-friendly gardens, these much-loved shrubs can also be trained to form small trees.
- Garden care: In mid-summer remove the faded flower heads carefully using secateurs to avoid damaging the young shoots. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.