For the Love of Lilacs

By Audra Howerton

This sweet-smelling native of Greece has captured the hearts of garden growers for centuries! Other than being a deciduous, deer resistant plant, Syringa vulgaris (Lilac) also attracts beneficial ‘garden buddies’ like butterflies and hummingbirds. And once established, lilac is an easygoing grower with low watering needs even throughout the growing season. Known for its fragrant, vibrant blossoms, this plant creates beautiful bouquets for any table setting, gift or occasion.

Here at the Garden Spot this spring, we’re carrying some stunning varieties from Monrovia! Come take a look at these lovelies!

Angel White Lilac

Like its name praises, this lilac blooms pure white flowers as if from the heavens!

Angel White

The “Stats” 

  • Partial to Full Sun
  • Blooms mid-May
  • Fast growing
  • Upright and open-branched
  • Reaches 12 ft. high by 10 ft. wide
  • Ideal for borders, wind breaking, woodland gardens


Ludwig Spaeth Lilac

This lilac is royalty with deep purple, single blossoms that last late into the season!

Ludwig Spaeth

The “Stats” 

  • Full sun
  • Late blooms that last the entire season (need specific timeline)
  • Medium sized shrub— 6-10 ft. high and 6-8 ft. wide
  • Ideal for borders



Sensation Lilac

A giant in the lilac world, this variety blooms two-toned flowers in mauve and white!

Monrovia Patent #1242

The “Stats” 

  • Full Sun
  • Blooms in mid-May
  • Grows 10 ft. high to 6 ft. wide with large branches and lush foliage
  • Ideal for borders and wind breaking


Charles Joly Lilac

This lilac is twice as nice with double-flowered blossoms in deep red wine!


The “Stats” 

  • Full Sun
  • Blooms mid-May
  • Full Sun
  • Upright and open-branched with bright green foliage
  • Medium sized shrub— 8-10 ft. high and 6 ft. wide
  • Ideal for borders, wind breaking

Special thanks to Monrovia for use of their lovely photos. We hope this gets you inspired to come browse our beautiful lilacs. And if you’re thinking of gifting a lilac to a special friend, don’t forget we gift wrap!


The Monrovia Holiday Collection

Nothing gets us more excited about the holidays than the beautiful plants that arrive at our nursery each week. Recently we received a shipment from Monrovia that’s set our staff aglow with the holiday spirit. We’re humming carols and dreaming of colorful foliage, bright blooms and show-stopping stems. Scroll down for a winter wonderland of swoon-worthy shrubs.


{Photos courtesy of Monrovia}

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’

Light some fireworks in your garden this winter with ‘Arnold Promise’ witch hazel. Sparkling yellow petals frame small red cups at the center of these dazzling blooms. If that’s not enough, this workhorse of a plant puts on a marvelous display of colorful foliage come autumn.



Taxus x media ‘Brownii’

The rounded form of Brown’s Yew makes it an excellent choice for foundation planting or in a hedge. Slow-growing to eventually 8-10 feet tall, this is an easy care plant that can handle sea breezes.



Forsythia x intermedia ‘Kolgold’

Also known as ‘Magical Gold’ forsythia, you could easily fall under the spell of these extra-large yellow golden blooms followed by verdant green foliage. Plant it in your garden for early spring color.



Cryptomeria japonica ‘Black Dragon’

There is no question, that ‘Black Dragon’ is a superlative choice for conifer-lovers. Deep green foliage with chartreuse tips, and attractive bark make it a lovely specimen plant for your garden.



Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Pink Dawn’

From showy blooms in early spring, to scarlet foliage and sparkling sapphire berries in the autumn, this deciduous shrub truly earns its place in the garden. Deer-resistant and hardy to zone 8, ‘Pink Dawn’ is an excellent plant pick for Whatcom county gardens.



Our thanks to Monrovia for the use of their beautiful photos. If you’re curious about any of these plants, please stop by and ask any questions you may have. We would love to talk about the Monrovia Holiday Collection with you!

The Dan Hinkley Collection at Garden Spot

This week we brought in some exciting new plants from Monrovia’s Dan Hinkley collection. These are plants selected by renowned plant explorer Dan Hinkley for their unique qualities as well as their hardiness.

Holboellia coriacea ‘Cathedral Gem’

A stunning evergreen vine that is also quite tough. Thick clusters of whitish buds early in the season open to fragrant mauve blooms in early spring. Later on, lavender pink sausage-like fruits appear in the summer. This amazing vine has year-round interest and can grow up to twenty-five feet in length.


Leucosceptrum japonicum ‘Golden Angel’

Also known as Japanese Shrub Mint, this little plant’s dramatic golden foliage makes a real impact in your garden. It’s quite a hardy perennial and will put out pretty yellow spikes in the autumn when other plants are winding down.


Azara microphylla Box-leaf Azara

This shade tolerant gem is the perfect answer to a quick fix for screening in your yard or on your patio. This columnar shrub can grow eighteen to twenty-five feet tall in ten years, and twelve feet wide. Fast-growing and evergreen, its glossy foliage is enhanced by lovely white blooms in the winter. And did we mention they were fragrant?


A very special thanks toMonrovia for the use of their beautiful photos. We have stunning specimens of all three of these plants in our nursery, hot off the truck from Monrovia. Ask us about them when you are in the nursery next time!