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Syringa vulgaris Madame Lemoine



Clusters of fragrant pure white double flowers

This lilac produces clusters of white blossom in late spring, contrasting with the dark-green foliage. The flowers have a rich fragrance. The leaves are heart shaped.


It prefers a sunny spot in the garden, with moist but well-drained soil.


Plant out in most soil types, with best results from soil that is moist and well-drained. To encourage new growth, prune away fading blossoms. Will throw up suckers if pruned hard.

An RHS Award of Merit winner, this impressive lilac was a result of late nineteenth century development at the Lemoine nursery in France.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September