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  • common lilac
  • Eventual height: 4m
  • Eventual spread: 4m

Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly'

common lilac

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit
12lt pot (0.8-1m) £79.99
12lt pot (0.8-1m) £79.99
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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, neutral to alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Dense clusters of fragrant, double, dark purple-red flowers in May and June and heart-shaped, dark green leaves. This dramatic, dark purple lilac makes an excellent backdrop for a sunny mixed or shrub border. The plant copes well with alkaline soils, an important factor when planting ground recently cleared of builders' rubble.

  • 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.
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