Purple LilacSyringa Charles Jolly
Dense clusters of fragrant, double, dark purple red flowers in May and June with heart shaped, dark green leaves. Its dramatic, dark purple lilac makes it an excellent backdrop for a sunny mixed or shrub border. The plant copes well with alkaline soils, an important factor when planting ground recently cleared of builders' rubble. Lilacs need full sun or the lightest of shade to do well and best in warm conditions.
They prefer a rich loamy soil which is not acidic and generous treatment with fertiliser. A mulch of compost or well-rotted manure helps.It's advisable to remove the flower trusses as soon as the flowers fade so as to prevent the formation of seed thereby encouraging new shoot growth and the succeeding flower crop as it flowers from the following years growth.