PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Lilacs (Syringa spp.)

Lilacs are available in dwarf varieties like ‘Miss Kim’ and ‘Josee’ that get around 4 feet, and full sized ones like the French types that can get 12+ feet tall. Flowers can be pure white, yellow, pink, and a gazillion shades of purple. They are all wonderfully fragrant, some stronger than others. They will grow happily in full to part sun. They don’t need much from you except appreciation. For the few weeks they are in bloom, pick all the flowers you can & scent your house. Absorb all the goodness you can, because it’ll be another year before you can do it again (unless you get ‘Miss Kim’ which blooms again in autumn.

In case you are one of the weirdos who don’t like lilac scent, here’s another reason to get it. Historically, lilac plants have been used for their apotropaic (evil repelling) properties. Contemporary Wiccans use Lilac to ward against negative influences. So get out there and start waving that stuff around! The world needs it.