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Lilacs are hardy, easy to grow, low maintenance, attractive to bees and butterflies-- and they just happen to be one of the best-smelling flowers on the planet!

Why We Love Them

Who could turn their nose away from a perfect-smelling lilac? Not us, that's for sure.


The common lilac, Syringa vulgaris, blooms in the northern states for 2 weeks in late May. They do best in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil, and they NEED full sun. (They get cranky if they don't get 6 to 8 hours.)

Oh, The Scent

But seriously-- they smell amazing.