Lilacs: Spring's Favorite Perfume
Notable Midwest lilacs
North Dakota lilac breeder Neal Holland originated size and color breakthroughs that were introduced to the public by Bailey Nurseries in Saint Paul. The Fairytale series hybrids -- Tinkerbelle, Prince Charming, Thumbelina (left) and Sugar Plum Fairy -- often repeat bloom and grow up to 6 feet tall.
Another Midwest lilac is the 'Prairie Petite', developed at the University of Nebraska. 'Prairie Petite' is one of the smallest lilacs, about 3 feet wide and tall with single purple florets. Drought- and heat-tolerant, it can be grown in a container.