It sure would be a perfect world if we all had the room in our yard to enjoy one or many of the larger growing lilac varieties. Fortunately, for those
whose space is limited, there are dwarf lilacs of unlimited beauty to fill smaller landscape spots with incredible grace. These selections are dense, rounded,
and full with small, finer textured disease resistant foliage, and an urge to bloom unlike anything you've seen in larger types. The dwarf lilacs bloom
long and profusely at a young age and are perfect for specimen or group plantings in landscapes small or large
About: HYACINTHIFLORA LILACS
At first you might not be able to distinguish between these and the vulgaris lilac types we know so well. The Hyacinthiflora varieties stand out due to
their early bloom. They are the first to bloom and exhibit a strength and length of bloom that should have you on your feet with excitement. By early-
to mid-May these selections are loaded with open blossoms, filling the air with superb scent, and providing the opening salvo of lilac bloom that, with
some judicious planting of varieties, can last right through the end of June.
About: The Fairytale Series
Introduced by Bailey Nurseries, this group of lilacs represents a bold move to invigorate the area of dwarf Syringa. Through a series of crosses, a selection of exciting, superior plants that bloom vividly and dependably was born. Each possesses the best in foliage, flowering, fragrance, and form in a dense, manageable package that will revolutionize the small space market in lilac.
About: The Preston Series
There is no tougher, more tolerant group of lilacs than this series of hardy, easy care plants. Developed in Ottawa, the Preston Series combines
extreme hardiness, dense, full form, bigger, almost corrugated foliage, and an open, more loose looking flower form that blooms in late May into June.
This rewarding group of plants not only resists some of the bacterial disease problems that can plague the vulgaris varieties, they also extend the bloom
season with their later flower time, always a desirable trait.
About: Tree Lilacs
With all the outstanding forms of shrub lilacs that dazzle people in May, it's hard for people to remember there is an equally outstanding group of lilac
trees that are perfect specimens for the northern landscape. These mid- to late-June bloomers put on an incredible show blooming at a time when few trees
do giving them a nearly exclusive engagement to strut their stuff in the landscape. These plants are pros at strutting their stuff with huge flower panicles,
great foliage, and outstanding bark. They are an underutilized and welcome addition to anyone's home!
About: Vulgaris and French Hybrid Lilacs
Even though there are a myriad of outstanding lilacs in cultivation, these varieties are the ones that seem to capture the hearts and imagination of gardeners
and homeowners more than all others. Their single or double flowers are one of nature's treasures, bursting into bloom in mid-May with a selection of colors
and a wave of sweet lilac scent that can weaken the knees of even the most hardened antgi-plant person. All these selections are perfect for the northern
landscape with upright, multi-stem forms that work as a large foundation specimen or light up the border as an outstanding informal border grouping and
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