Differential Planting - Syringa vulgaris vs Ceanothusthyrsiflorus

- Common lilac, prefers full sun
- Deciduous shrub, up to 4.5m
- Heart-shaped dark green leaves
- Dense, fragrant, dark purple flowers
- Blooms May to June, on previous year's wood
- Fully hardy. Water regularly in spring
- Prefers slightly alkaline soil

- Californian lilac, prefers full sun
- Evergreen bushy shrub, up to 2m
- Mid-green leaves
- Dark blue flowers
- Blooms May to June
- Frost hardy, but dislikes cold winds
- Prefers neutral to acidic soil
- Dr Vasa Gnanapragasam is a GP in Sutton, Surrey.

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