One of the issues of planting on the north side of the house is the lack of sun. And when I built this potter, in the middle of the wall, against the house, I pretty much guaranteed that whatever’s planted there isn’t going to get much if any direct sunlight at all. Let’s hope the newly planted Persian Lilac can handle it.
Fragrant, flowering lilacs are familiar harbingers of the coming summertime throughout the world’s temperate zones. Though lilacs are commonly associated with gardens in the eastern United States, their requirement for excellent drainage in a neutral to slightly alkaline soil makes them especially appropriate candidates for many gardens in the western part of the country too. Heat-tolerant Persian lilacs expand the lilac-growing range, thriving not only wherever common lilacs have adapted but also in warmer climes.
Persian lilacs (Syringa x persica) are smaller than common lilacs (S. vulgaris) and generally achieve a maximum size of 8 feet tall and wide. The single flowers are pale in color and richly fragrant. The 3-inch-long flower clusters are smaller by about half compared to those of common lilacs. Persian lilacs sport large leaves for foliage interest throughout the growing season. The plants make attractive hedges, specimens or foundation plants, and the midseason blooms attract bees, butterflies and nectar-seeking birds.