|Lilac 'Miss Kim' in full bloom in my home garden.|
Chapel Hill, North Carolina; April 2011.
It has taken four years for my 'Miss Kim' to bloom abundantly. I first planted her in full sun and she toasted in summer. I transplanted her to a space between two tea olives (osmanthus fragrans) to give her some shade. Between the fragrance of the lilac and the fragrance from the tea olives, the combined perfume is very heavy and can be enjoyed from all area of my garden. Not unlike walking into a department store and being overcome by the scent of hundreds of perfumes!
Another reason why I squeezed 'Miss Kim' in between the evergreen tea olives is because she gets to be a bit dowdy looking when not in bloom. So, I let her bloom. Take her photo while she is stunning, then cut the panicles of perfume to bring indoors.
Lilac 'Miss Kim' (syringa pubescens susp. patula)
full sun (partial sun is better in the warmest zone)
While visiting JC Raulston Arboretum in mid-March, I found 'Miss Kim' blooming along with a cutleaf lilac (syringa x laciniata). The cutleaf lilac has an open, airy form and is taller and looser in structure.
Cutleaf lilac (syringa x laciniata)
|Cutleaf lilac at JC Raulston Arboretum.|
Raleigh, North Carolina; March 2011.
|Blooms of cutleaf lilac.|
|Lilac in full bloom in Jardin des Plantes.|
Paris, France; April 2011.
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