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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
Syringa vulgaris 'Josee' Syringa 'Josee'
Syringa can be deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple, entire or rarely pinnate leaves and conical panicles of small, very fragrant, 4-lobed tubular flowers in late spring or early summer
Josée is a compact, bushy, rounded shrub, to 1.5m tall, with matt, oval to heart-shaped leaves. Dense sprays of fragrant, lavender-pink flowers are produced in late spring and intermittently through to late autumn; repeat flowering is best in cool climates
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect West-facing or South-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand, Clay
Time to ultimate height
Grow in well-drained, fertile, humus-rich, alkaline to neutral soil in full sun
Propagate by softwood cuttings or layering in early summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Low Maintenance Flower borders and beds
Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants City & Courtyard Gardens
Pruning Pruning group 1 or pruning group 2; prune lightly
Pests Can get lilac leaf-mining moth and thrips
May be affected by lilac blight and honey fungus
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