Spring-flowering shrubs seem to come and go so quickly that I think of them as fleeting moments in the garden.
Luckily, these "moments" last a week or two. The serviceberry and crabapple moments have come and gone, but now we're enjoying the Palibin lilac moment.
This picture is the scene I enjoy every time I step out the door into the garden. It's a grouping of my favorite lilac, the dwarf Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri 'Palibin'), which has a fresh, spicy fragrance and elegant form.
The Palibin dwarf Korean lilac blooms in mid to late May, and grows only about five feet tall. Best of all, it resists powdery mildew and has a neat-looking mounded growth habit. You can also find it at garden centers trained as a standard.
There is more information about growing lilacs at my web site.
I'm a keen gardener and garden writer and photographer, living on a country property of 10 acres near Hamilton, Ont.
I love ornamental grasses and easy-care, contemporary garden styles. In my garden I try to work with nature, instead of fighting it.
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