Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly'

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Buy Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly' common lilac: Wonderfully scented double flowers

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Dense clusters of fragrant, double, dark purple-red flowers in May and June and heart-shaped, dark green leaves. This dramatic, dark purple lilac makes an excellent backdrop for a sunny mixed or shrub border. The plant copes well with alkaline soils, an important factor when planting ground recently cleared of builders' rubble.

  • Garden care: In mid-summer remove the faded flower heads carefully using secateurs to avoid damaging the young shoots. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.

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Great Shrub supplied and flowered this year perfect fantastic scent




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Attracted a silk worm which caused considerable damage





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I bought a young lilac recently, have planted it and its doing well. However, I should have planted it closer to an existing lilac since I am trying to create a barrier above a 6ft fence (next door play football and ball comes over) and to give us some shade. I didn't plant it closer to the existing one originally since I thought it was too near to a lavatera I planted last year which will spread out rather than go up. On the other side of the new lilac I want to plant a buddleia alternifolia which I've got. So several questions: Will it damage the new lilac if I dig it up and move it? - only planted it a couple of months ago and secondly how close together can I plant them all in order to create a barrier above the fence without too many gaps? The existing lilac is like a tree with bare stems below and that is how I want to grow the new lilac and also the buddleia. Thanks a lot.


Hello, This plant will grow to around 7 x 7m when it matures, however if you are trying to create a dense screen, then you can plant them very close together - even as close as 45cm. If you do want to move it, then as it has only been in the ground for a couple of months, you should not doo too much damage - just try to make sure you get all the roots and then keep it really well watered throughout the summer.


How tall will this be in a 3 liter pot?


Hello there This plant will be approx 40cm tall in a 3lt pot. Hope this helps.

My husband had a beautiful lilac hedge at his childhood home and we want to replicate it at our house - when is the best time to plant and how many trees and how far apart should we plant them to create a hedge in length of around 4-6 metres?


Hello, If you are going to create a hedge, then I would recommend planting them at 45cm intervals. The best times to plant are spring or autumn, but you can plant container-grown plants at any time of the year provided the soil is not frozen in winter - or the plants are kept rally well watered in summer.


Good morning, I was about to order this on your website and just wanted to check whether it is the right time to be planting it out? Could you kindly advise me please.


Hello there Now is a great time to be planting. This plant is fully hardy so as long as it isn't freezing outside or the ground frozen you can plant now. Hope this helps.

Growing plants for a wedding Dear Crocus, I am a very happy customer ..... I love your site, plants and service. I learnt about you first from Arabella Lennox-Boyd. But now I am writing for some advice please. My sister is getting married in Oxfordshire on the last weekend of May. I would love to grow the flowers for the wedding. I have a big garden with empty beds and a green house at my disposal. Could you give me some advice on types of cut flowers that would be in bloom at the end of May? Some pointers as a place to start my research and buying would be fantastic. Thank you very much, Best wishes, Kate

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Thank you so much Helen - amazing! I'll send you photos of the finished results. Best wishes and thanks again, Kate

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello Kate, It will be a little hit and miss as a lot will depend on the weather, but the following plants should be in flower around that time. Choisya ternata Osmanthus x burkwoodii Syringa Viburnum x carlcephalum Convallaria majalis Iris Paeonia Euphorbia palustris Aquilegia Ceanothus Skylark and if we have a hot start to the summer a couple of roses or some of the earlier lavenders may have started too. I hope this gives you lots of ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub.... Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards Margaret


Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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How do I look after my Lilac tree? Would you be so kind as to forward to me instructions as to how to look after my Lilac tree?

Lynn Hamam

These shrubby trees like a sunny spot with fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. They flower in early summer, so the faded flowers should be removed after they are past their best. They require little pruning, but appreciate a generous layer of mulch around their base in early spring.


How to prune an old Lilac tree We have a beautiful white lilac tree in the garden. Unfortunately, it has grown very "leggy". How should I go about pruning the tree in order to encourage it to produce shoots and branches lower down?

Ken Lewis

The best way to renovate lilac is to cut back the main stems to within 30-60cm of the ground in winter. The response is usually good although the regrowth will need to be thinned out. Keep in mind though that flowering will be delayed for up to three years if you cut all the branches back at the same time, so it may be better to stage the hard pruning over two or three years.


Why won't my Lilac flower? I took a cutting of a Lilac about 4 years ago and have planted it out into the ground. It looks really healthy with lots of leaves, but it has never flowered. Can you tell me why?

Noreen Gwynne Davies [nnl]

Syringas will often flower when they are young if they are grown in a pot as their roots are restricted. When grown in the ground though, they may take up to 5 years to flower as they are concentrating their efforts into producing a good root system. The only other considerations are a lack of sun, or pruning at the wrong time of the year.


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