• Lilac Sensation Shrubs have purple and white blooms
  • white and purple lilac sensation flower clusters
  • big purple flower clusters and bright green foliage on lilac sensation shrubs
  • Lilac Sensation Shrubs have purple and white blooms

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Lilac Sensation

Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'

Lilac Sensation is an outstanding new lilac cultivar noted for its large masses of purple-red florets edged in white.

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Sensation Lilac Shrubs for Sale Online

Lilac Sensation is an outstanding lilac noted for its large masses of purple-red florets edged in white. A mid-season bloomer that typically begins flowering in mid-May. Branches are held erect and open with rich green foliage. Use to create a beautiful spring flowering hedge, screen, or accent.


Growzone: 3-7 Lilac Sensation Hardiness Zone 3-7
Hardiness Zone 3-7
Mature Height: 8 to 10 feet
Mature Width: 5 to 6 Feet
Classification: Broad leaved deciduous shrub, re-blooming
Sunlight: Full sun
Habit: Upright, rounded habit
Foliage: Dark green
Flower Color: Purple red edged in white
Pruning Season: No pruning needed
Soil Condition: Any well-drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Tolerates moist soil and full sun. Full sun brings out the best flowering. Will adapt to drier sites

How to Care for Lilac Sensation

Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!

How do I plant my Lilac Sensation Shrub?

How do I plant my Lilac Sensation Shrub?

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Lilac Sensation plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Lilac Sensation to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.

How do I water Lilac Sensation?

How do I water Lilac Sensation?

After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Lilac Sensation a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator Bags are a good investment that will help minimize the watering chore.

How do I fertilize Lilac Sensation?

How do I fertilize Lilac Sensation?

Shrubs such as Lilac Sensation grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as espoma Tree-tone. Fertilize Lilac Sensation again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth of young trees. We recommend Bio-Tone fertilizer when planting. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully with Lilac Sensation. If chemical fertilizers are used on your Lilac Sensation, applying a slow-release, balanced fertilizer once a year in the spring is probably the simplest solution. Don't fertilize Lilac Sensation after August. Fertilizing at this time may stimulate new growth that will be too tender to withstand the winter. In the South, a late May application and another in July would be about right. Never fertilize a plant with a chemical fertilizer if the plant looks sick or wilted. If a plant is struggling due to a disease or root problems, the fertilizer will only add stress to it's life. Try to cure the problem before adding fertilizer.

How do I mulch Lilac Sensation Shrubs?

How do I mulch Lilac Sensation Shrubs?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Lilac Sensation with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.


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