Common lilac Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation' Photo/Illustration: Andrea Baranowski 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Common lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation') sih-RIN-gah vul-GAR-is Genus: Syringa In midseason this unique cultivar bears slightly fragrant, single purple blossoms with distinct white margins. It forms a shrub 12 feet high by 8 feet wide. Noteworthy Characteristics: Lilac flowers are beloved for bouquets, and when in bloom, hummingbirds and butterflies are drawn to them. Lilacs are generally a forgiving bunch, tolerant of roadside sites and neglect. Care: Grow in reasonably fertile, well-drained soil in full sun; prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Promptly deadhead spent blossoms to produce more robust blooms for the following year. Prune lightly or renovate in late winter or early spring to maintain a healthy framework, remembering that most species form flowers the previous season. Plant in areas with good air circulation to thwart disease. Because lilacs are fire retardant, they can be considered for planting near homes that are susceptible to wildfires. Most lilacs require a period of chilling dormancy. Propagation: Sow seed in a cold frame when fresh or in the spring. Take softwood cuttings or layer in early summer. Graft in winter; bud in summer. Problems: Powdery mildew, dieback, leafroll virus, mycoplasma-like organisms (MLO), root knot nematode, Verticillium wilt, witches' broom, bacterial leaf spot, anthracnose, borers, scale, caterpillars. Overview Height 10 ft. to 15 ft. Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft. Growth Habit Spreads Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant Flowers, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Spring Flower Color Purple, White Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Flowering Tree, Hedge, Naturalizing, Roadside, Screening Style Cottage Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Type Shrubs Related Plants to Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Common lilac Syringa vulgaris 'Henri Robert' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Common lilac Syringa vulgaris 'Krasavitsa Moskvy' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Chinese lilac Syringa × chinensis 'Lilac Sunday' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Common lilac Syringa vulgaris 'Primrose' View the discussion thread.