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Syringa vulgaris Sensation



Unique white edged petals on deep purple flowers

This Lilac shrub produces great trusses of distinct purple blossom, each marked by a white margin. These blooms are highly fragrant, filling the air in late spring with their sweet scent, and contrasting well with the dark green foliage.


Choose a sunny location and make sure the soil is rich and well-drained.


Plant out in most soil types. The best results will be from soil that is moist and well-drained. To encourage new growth, carefully prune away fading blossoms.

This is a truly unique lilac that can be trained to form a small tree.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 410 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
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