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Alkaline or chalky soils will support a wide range of plants, although not the colourful acid-lovers, such as rhododendrons and camellias.
Syringa, Lilac
Latin nameSyringa
Common nameLilac
Type of plantTree
Flower colourWhite to purple
Leaf colourMid-green
Height and spread1.5m to 4m x 1.5m to 5m (4.9ft to 13.1ft x 4.9ft to 17ft)
These cottage garden favourites produce scented spring flowers. To encourage the best displays cut back a few branches hard every year.
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