Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lilac Lover's Bible

Syringa vulgaris 'Angel White'

This post continues a brief series on lilacs (see May 9). The fragrant, white lilac above was still in the early stages of bloom when I took this photograph at the Arnold Arboretum on May 3rd.

If you want to know more about lilacs, I highly recommend Lilacs: A Gardener's Encyclopedia. This updated classic was first published in 1988 by award-winning American hybridizer Reverend John Fiala and quickly became known worldwide as the lilac lover's bible. It provides up-to-date information on the 21 known lilac species and 10 natural hybrids, as well as hundreds of named cultivars. You’ll find plenty of practical information on selecting, growing, propagating, and using lilacs in the landscape. Best of all, the new edition of Lilacs: A Gardener's Encyclopedia is packed with nearly 600 fantastic color photographs.
More lilac photos to come in the next post...

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