Lilac Syringa Carpe Diem
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Lilac Syringa 'Carpe Diem'

One of the most fragrant lilacs, with double, multi-coloured blooms and that delicious, sweet fragrance.
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  • A new lilac with lilac-blue flowers your garden will be filled with a sweet, unmistakable fragrance.
  • The double blooms have a light blue-white pattern radiating from the centre and fading to mauve as they mature, giving a shimmering, ethereal effect.
  • Fully hardy and very easy to grow, Lilac 'Carpe Diem' will thrive is most garden soil and is surprisingly simple to look after too.
  • Perfect for cut flowers too, you can pick them when in bloom or cut them in bud and force the flowers in the warmth of your home.
  • Suppled as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready for planting out, this lilac will reach 2-3m and blooms in May.

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Syringa vulgaris 'Carpe Diem' is a new lilac with attractive, glossy heart-shaped leaves and beautifully formed, lilac-blue flowers, with a sweet, unmistakable fragrance.

When they emerge, the buds are lilac, and open to reveal double blooms with a light blue-white pattern radiating from the centre. Fading to mauve as they mature, they produce a shimmering, ethereal effect when in full bloom.

Fully hardy and very easy to grow, Lilac 'Carpe Diem' will thrive is most garden soil and is surprisingly simple to look after too, needing little more than regular watering and a light prune if it gets out of shape.

Lilac will grow either in full sun or partial shade, so is a great choice if you have a rather dull corner that needs brightening and of course it makes the perfect feature shrub for your garden.

This delightful lilac is also superb as a hedging plant, adding a touch of colour to boundaries, and is perfect for cut flowers too - pick them when in bloom or cut them in bud and force the flowers in the warmth of your home - either way it's a super way to bring their magnificent perfume indoors.

Suppled as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready for planting out, this lilac will reach 2-3m and blooms in May.

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Suppled as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready for planting out, this lilac will reach 2-3m and blooms in May.

Plant Care Information

Scented / Fragrant
Scented / Fragrant
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

For the best blooms, ensure that your lilac gets at least 6 hours of sun a day and does not sit in wet soil. Also do not feed as this will promote leaves over flowers.

Care Information

Planting Advice for your Lilac 'Carpe Diem':

  • Like many garden plants, lilac prefers soil that is well drained so that it doesn't sit in water as this will reduce the blooms, and is not particularly happy in long, dry spells so does need regular watering.
  • Water your potted plant well.
  • Dig a hole a little deeper and 3 x wider than the nursery pot.
  • Add a soil conditioner such as well-rotted manure to the earth removed from the hole if necessary.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Place your plant in the hole at the same level at the pot.
  • Refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball.
  • Water well and mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.

Aftercare Advice for Syringa Carpe Diem:

  • Plants bloom best in full sun and prefer well-drained, alkaline soil.
  • Each spring, apply a layer of compost under the plant, followed by mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
    Water during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
  • Lilacs won’t bloom if they’re overfertilized. They can handle a handful of 10-10-10 in late winter, but no more.
  • After your lilac bush has finished blooming, spread some lime and well-rotted manure around the base. Trim the bush to shape it and remove suckers at the same time.

Pruning Advice for Lilac:

  • Routine pruning is not needed, although plants can be kept in shape by shortening overlong shoots after flowering.
  • Lilac flowers on old wood so bear this in mind if cutting back.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
300 cm
300 cm
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