Hinton Ampner Garden

Syringa Patula 'Miss Kim'

Dwarf Lilac

Location:

The Tennis Court Garden

Description:

This is a small, 2m (6ft) x 2m (6ft), fully hardy, slow growing, deciduous shrub which is attractive to butterflies. It bears an abundance of showy, fragrant, soft lavender-pink flowers in May/June, that are dark lavender-pink when in bud. In autumn the foliage takes on brilliant shades of reddish-purple. It has a compact, upright, rounded form and can be massed, grouped or planted as a specimen in a small garden. Native to China.

Site and Care:

Prefers a well-drained, neutral to alkaline, humus-rich soil in full sun. Faded flower heads should be carefully removed with secateurs to avoid damaging the new shoots. It's also beneficial to apply a generous mulch of well-rotted garden compost or organic matter around the base of the plant in early spring. Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer or layering.