Common lilacs are mid-season bloomers typically flowering in mid-May.
Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’ sports bicolor blooms of purple edged in white in early to mid spring, and fill the air with a sweet scent. Beautiful as a border shrub or a hardy hedge, the flowers are complemented by heart-shaped foliage. Grows 10-15′ tall; spreads 10-12′ in full sun to partial shade. Lilac can easily be trimmed to a shorter height. Deer tend to avoid.
Syringa vulgaris ‘President Lincoln’ is the best blue common lilac! Pinkish buds open to loose trusses of single, blue-lavender flowers with a strong fragrance. ‘President Lincoln’ is a fast-growing variety with erect, open branches. A popular selection since its introduction in 1916.
Syringa vulgaris ‘Katherine Havemeyer’ is covered in spring by large, double flowers with rose colored buds opening to a lavender-pink, flushed with mauve. Lightly scented and great for cut flower arrangements. Mature growth is around 10-12′ tall and wide.
‘Syringa vulgaris ‘President Lincoln’ sports large trusses of single Wedgewood blue flowers. Great fragrance.