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 Welcome to the Tower Hill Heritage Garden Lilac Walk. The plants were selected for the Garden because their attributes make them good choices for the home garden in our area, for their variety of colour and fragrance and to extend the bloom season.

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If you visit the Garden while the Lilacs are in bloom, a walk around the Tower will introduce you to twenty-two different lilac cultivars that will do well almost anywhere in Ontario.

Start your walk between the stone pillars and proceed counterclockwise around the the Tower. The plants have their numbers painted on a rock at their base.

Number 1

Syringa x hyacinthifloraMaiden Blush

An exceptionally fine early blooming hybrid with fragrant pink to lavender-pink flowers.

Maiden Blush

Maiden Blush

Number 2

Syringa Miss Canada” (Preston Lilac)

A heavily flowering cross between “Redwine” and “Hiawatha” with deep rose-pink flowers

Miss Canada

Miss Canada

Number 3

Syringa patula Miss Kim” (Korean Lilac)

A hardy fragrant lilac.Blooms when others have finished with pale pink coloured flowers

Miss Kim

Miss Kim

Number 4

Syringa x hyacinthifloraMt. Baker” 

A very hardy cultivar that blooms before the French hybrids.  Profuse, single white flowers

Number 5

Syringa Ludwig Spaeth” (French Hybrid)

An old cultivar, but still one of the best purples.

Number 6

Syringa  meyeriPalibin” (Dwarf Korean)

Fragrant flowers bloom profusely on this unusual dwarf variety.  Excellent uniform habit and maroon fall colour.

Palibin in bloom (behind irises)

Palibin in bloom (behind irises)

Number 7

SyringaBelle de Nancy” (French Hybrid)

Double pink flowered cultivar

Number 8

UnidentifiedSyringa

Number 9

UnidentifiedSyringa“Grandma Ballantyne” 

A gift of one of the Tower Hill Gardeners, named by the group for her mother

Number 10

Syringa Paul Thirion” (French Hybrid)

Double magenta flowers

Paul Thirion

Paul Thirion

Number 11

Syringa x hyacinthifloraPurple Glory

An early, long lasting bloomer with a delicious fragrance.  Purplish fall colour.

Number 12

Syringa x “Boomerang Purple

Flowers sporadically throughout summer after initial bloom period.

Boomerang Purple

Boomerang Purple

Number 13

SyringaDonald Wyman” (Preston Lilac)

Panicles of purple buds open to single reddish-purple flowers in mid-June

Donald Wyman

Donald Wyman

Number 14

Syringa bailbelle Tinkerbelle

Has a pleasing spicy fragrance and wine-red buds open to single pink blooms. Good specimen plant.

Tinkerbelle

Tinkerbelle

Number 15

SyringaMinuet” (Preston Lilac)

A late flowering dwarf hybrid with light purple buds and light rosy flowers.

Minuet

Minuet

Minuet and Donald Wyman (both Preston Lilacs) in bloom in mid-May

Minuet and Donald Wyman (both Preston Lilacs) in bloom in mid-May

Number 16

SyringaAgincourt Beauty” (Slater Collection French Hybrid, reg. 1971))

Deep purple bloom whose florets are the largest in the world. 

Agincourt Beauty

Agincourt Beauty

Number 17   

SyringaMrs. Irene Slater” (Slater collection French Hybrid, reg. 2002)

Irene’s favourite, a soft mauve.  Registered after Len’s death by the family.

Number 18  

Syringa Lynne” (Slater Collection French Hybrid, not registered)

Double pink flower, special to the family.

Number 19  

SyringaAgincourt Beauty” (Slater Collection French Hybrid, reg. 1971))

Deep purple bloom whose florets are the largest in the world

Number 20

Syringa Sensation” (French Hybrid)

Single purple florets with a distinctive white border. A unique lilac.

Number 21   

Syringa Adelaide Dunbar” (French Hybrid)

Very fragrant deep purple double flowers.  New stems are dark purple, enhancing the colour of the blooms.

Number 22

Syringa Madame Lemoine” (French Hybrid)

Double white flowers on a wide, spreading bush. Very showy.

Unnamed Preston Lilac on edge of wild area.

Unnamed Preston Lilac on edge of wild area.

In addition to the numbered Lilacs on the Lilac Garden Walk, there are several very old, very large unnamed Preston Lilacs near the Pond. One is as tall as the street light.

Unnamed, existing Preston Lilacs.

Unnamed, existing Preston Lilacs.

There is also a very old tree lilac, Syringa reticulata, between the pond and sundial, shading the perfect spot to rest at the end of your walk.

Sitting in the shade of  Syringa reticulata,  the Japanese Tree Lilac

Sitting in the shade of Syringa reticulata, the Japanese Tree Lilac