Syringa vulgaris 'Andenken an Ludwig Späth'
Description: A rich purple flowered form of the very traditional garden favorite the lilac. Produces slender panicles of beautifully scented flowers in later spring which attract the first butterflies and bees and the scent fills the garden. The soft green heart shaped leaves are deciduous on this medium sized vigorous growing shrub.
Uses: Grow as a shrub in any larger border, as a specimen in a smaller garden or as a small tree.
Climate/Position: Full sun to partial shade
Height/Spread: 7 metres x 7 metres
Soil Requirements: Rich humus rich well drained soil required also good on heavy clays.
Pruning: For best results then remove flower heads after flowering and cut out one thrird of stems. Older stems may be removed for regeneration of plant if needed.
Additional Interest: Syringa were introduced from the mountains of South-Eastern Europe in the 16th century, since which numerous varieties have been introduced.