Plants - Trees and Shrubs

Natural beauty: May's evocative lilacs

By
Stephen Westcott-Gratton
Photography by
Andreas Trauttmansdorff

Prepare for the heady scent and lavish blooms of this spring garden staple


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‘Znamya Lenina’ (S. v. ‘Znamya Lenina’) The best of the Russian cultivars were developed by Leonid Kolesnikov (1893-1974), chiefly using Lemoine varieties. Introduced some time before 1963, the cultivar name means “Banner of Lenin.” Kolesnikov also introduced ‘Krasavitsa Moskvy’ (Beauty of Moscow) in 1947; both are hardy to Zone 3.

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