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Lilac, ‘Sensation’

‘Sensation’ is a pretty sensational ‘picotee’ lilac variety and it’s the only one like it in the world! The blossoms are what makes the difference; with purple to wine red, single flowers that are edged in white, sweetly fragrant and are arranged in dense clusters. It is an upright, deciduous shrub, which grows 8-10′ tall. Lilac flowers are beloved for bouquets and ‘Sensation’ is sure to make any arrangement a knockout! When in bloom, hummingbirds and butterflies are drawn to them. They also look great with peonies or roses. The Lilac is a very common ornamental plant in gardens and parks because of the attractive, sweet smell of its flowers. It grows best in a sunny location.

The Lilac is a reliable spring-flowering shrub for cold winter landscapes. They are excellent as a specimen/accent or in small groups, shrub borders, hedges or screens. Lilacs are also great for cottage gardens and as margins of woodland gardens. Great cut flower. If you want to attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies to your landscape, lilacs are a great choice for this. The characteristics that make these species so visually appealing – showy flowers, winter color – are some of Nature’s most powerful draws for the animal kingdom. Turn your yard into a naturally balanced eco-system! You’re sure to enjoy these plants for a lifetime. They provide food, shelter, and nesting. Plant your backyard sanctuary today!

Plant Details +

Botanical Syringa vulgaris
Common Name Lilac 'Sensation'
Family Oleaceae
Size 12-18"
Height 8-10'
Spacing 6-8'
Hardiness Zones 3-7
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Light green
Flower Purple-wine red with white edges
Bloomtime Mid-season

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade, but best bloom is in full sun. Prefers rich, moist, neutral soils. Needs good air circulation. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. The Lilac transplants easily.

Pests or Diseases: The plant grows in shade but flowering is poor and powdery mildew is likely.