Commonly referred to as the “Queen of Shrubs”, Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) are highly fragrant and hardy bushes that we often use in our gardens. Their scent, which is at its highest potency in full sunlight, makes them a stand-out plant in the garden and also a common fragrance used in soaps and perfumes.
Lilacs are native to Europe and the temperate climates areas in Asia. Here in the United States, many think that Lilacs arrived during the colonial period around the 1700s and were first planted at the Governor Wentworth Estate in New Hampshire. Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington grew these shrubs in their own gardens, and were also grown in America’s first botanical gardens.
You probably remember seeing these shrubs in your grandmother's garden, which may evoke nostalgic feelings, which is likely why Lilacs are still prominent today. If you have Lilacs in your yard or garden, you know how precious it is to see them bloom, but you have little time to admire them as they only last a few weeks.
While in general, Lilacs represent renewal and confidence, each color has a different meaning. White Lilacs stand for innocence and purity, while purple represent spirituality, love and passion.