Lilacs are among the most popular cultivated shrubs in the temperate world. Aside from roses, there is no flower as beautiful and aromatic. There is nothing better than the sweet scent of a freshly picked bouquet of lilacs in early spring. Lilacs are seldom bothered by pests, easy to grow and are renowned for their showy fragrant flowers produced profusely in spring to early summer. All make great specimen plants. Even when the flowers drop, the foliage continues to make the lilac an attractive shrub/tree for the remainder of the growing season.
The variety offered here is called Late Lilac. This variety grows 6 to 10 feet tall and 4 to 10 feet wide providing a dense plant for the shrub border or grow as a lovely fragrant hedge. The purplish-white flowers appear in mid to late May sometimes continuing into June. The flower panicles are 3 to 7 inches long. Hardy to zone 3.
Soak seeds in room temperatur for 24 hours. Cold stratify for 8 weeks. Then sow 1/4 inch deep in quality gardening soil and place them in room temperatur until they germinate (4 days-5 weeks). Keep soil moist. After germination grow seedlings under growlight or on a sunny window. Keep them inside for 3-4 weeks. Transplant them outside in a cold enviroment after this initial growth period. Alternatively you can directly sow them outside in fall.