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Syringa vulgaris | Lilac

Lilac can look a little shabby up close, but stand back and let yourself succomb to naustalgia and the wonderful fragrances. Grandma loves purple and I hate to admit it, but so do I. One third of entire plant should be pruned to the ground each year to keep it vigorous. Don’t be kind, take the biggest branches. Your cruelty will pay off. If you have Lilac, powdery mildew will be part of your life. It covers the plant but doesn’t really hurt it. But maybe it’s not a good idea near hydrangea.