What are some good lilac varieties for the garden?


Lilacs (Syringa spp.) are among the most hardy garden plants. Although many lilac varieties bloom in midspring, commonly around May, there are some early-blooming varieties. Combining early-blooming varieties with later-blooming lilacs will extend the lilac flowering period in your garden.

French Lilacs

These cultivars are all derived from the species Syringa vulgaris.

Cultivar  Color and Scent
'Andenken an Ludwig Spath' deep purple       
'Charles Joly' magenta, very fragrant
'Charm' pink
'Edith Cavell' white, fragrant
'Henri Robert' violet
'Marie Legraye'  white
'Miss Ellen Willmott' white, fragrant
'Mme. Lemoine'  white 
'Monique Lemoine' white 
'President Lincoln'  blue, fragrant
'Primrose'  creamy white/yellow
'Ruhm von Horstenstein' magenta, very fragrant
'Sarah Sands' purple, fragrant 
'Sensation' deep purple and white


Hyacinth Lilacs

These are all cultivars of Syringa x hyacinthiflora. Most are early flowering.

Cultivar  Color and Scent
'Asessippi' lilac, fragrant
'Blanche Sweet' blue
'Catinat' pink, fragrant
'Churchill'   pink
'Excel' lilac, fragrant
'Mount Baker' white, fragrant
'Pocahontas' deep violet


Other Types of Lilacs

Most are late flowering.

Botanical Name Common Name                    Color and Scent
Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' meyer lilac lavender, fragrant
Syringa microphylla 'Superba' little leaf lilac pink, fragrant
Syringa patula 'Miss Kim' Manchurian lilac  mauve, fragrant 
Syringa reticulata 'Summer Snow' Japanese tree lilac yellow-white 
Syringa x laciniata  cut-leaf lilac lavender 
Syringa x josiflexa 'James Macfarlane' preston lilac pink 
Syringa x prestoniae 'Donald Wyman' preston lilac  lavender 


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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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