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The fragrance of an old-fashioned lilac in bloom is aromatherapy at its finest. European in origin, these tall, open, deciduous shrubs don't look like much when they are not in bloom, but in late spring to early summer they become brag-worthy. Luminous panicles of purple, lavender, white or pink flowers appear along their branches. Next year's flower buds are set shortly after blooming, so lilacs must be pruned directly after their yearly display. There are many superb cultivars to include the deep blue 'President Lincoln' and double pink 'Pride of Moscow.'
Lilacs are easy-to-grow and do best in full sun and average soil with good drainage. Lilac borers can be a problem, so keep an eye out for their telltale half-moon shaped holes along the trunks. These shrubs are fine feature plants and especially sweet when planted in masses. Cut their fresh blossoms for fragrant, long-lasting flower arrangements.
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