Lilacs were a favourite in the garden for the Victorians and Edwardians however with the reduction of garden space in the early 20th century they fell out of favour, leading to the closure of the largest nursery of lilac cultivation in the 1940’s.

In the 1980’s a man called Colin Chapman was doing research to find some more unusual cultivars and discovered varieties being bred in Russia such as the Syringa vulgaris Znamya Lenina or Banner of Lenin. This variety is a hardy medium sized shrub which has the beautiful heart-shaped leaves and large fragrant flower panicles of stunning rich reddish purple. Lilac Znamya Lenina makes a wonderful specimen shrub whether it be in a large expanse of garden or a smaller cottage or wildlife garden. The density of colour and the fragrance will attract bees and butterflies from afar.

Syringa vulgaris Znamya Lenina as with other lilacs is a hardy shrub preferring sunny sites or perhaps a little shade in reasonable, moist well drained soil. It will grow up to 3 metres so could be used as an informal colourful screen if required. Pruning should be carried out straight after flowering so that the following years buds can set on the old wood.

Pot grown Lilac Znamya Lenina may be planted at any time of year as there is little or no disturbance to the root system. This means that the plants will establish quite quickly, therefore starting to put on growth fairly soon once the growing season starts.

Please telephone one of our team if you have any queries with reference to Lilac Znamya Lenina or any of the other varieties we stock.