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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‘Rochester’ (S. v. ‘Rochester’) While working as the director of Parks in Rochester, New York, Alvan Grant col­lected seed from ‘Edith Cavell’ (Lemoine, 1916) and selected one outstanding plant that he named ‘Rochester’ in 1971. Famous as a parent of ‘Arch McKean’, its waxy, multi-petalled flowers are lovely; hardy to Zone 3.

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