One of the best known and widely planted old varieties. Charles Joly erupts with bold panicles of beautifully fragrant deep purple-red flowers in late Spring and early summer that are very popular with bees and butterflies. The attractive deep green heart shaped foliage makes a great backdrop and continues to look good long after the flowers have faded.
A great shrub for any sunny border and of course a staple of any cottage garden design, 4m x 3m.
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Syringa vulgaris Charles Joly 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. Lilacs benefit from a generous mulch in early spring to ensure the best show of flowers and counter dry spells during the season.