Monge Lilac

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Purple flowers are so popular, and Lilac shrubs are a real favorite with Nature Hills' shoppers. Put them both together in a gorgeous, showy classic, you've got Monge Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Monge'). People have adored the clear, reddish-purple flowers of this French Hybrid Lilac for well over 100 years. Monge is outstanding in bloom!

Let it perfume your landscape for nearly a month! Cut a few for indoor arrangements, and treat yourself like royalty. Single flowers are set along large panicles that reach nearly a foot long. The warm purple hue is brilliant, eye-catching and heart-warming. You’ll love having these long-lasting spring blooms in your landscape!

What a nice gift for newlyweds! Monge is a very romantic Lilac variety that serves you well for many, many decades. Butterflies love these flowers, too. Start a new hobby of "collecting" photos of the local visitors to your Monge Lilac, it's a wonderful way to connect with Nature. 

As the flowers fade, the blue-green foliage starts to shine. Enjoy the heart-shaped leaves all season long. Use upright, multi-stemmed Monge shrubs to create a private sanctuary. Plant Monge, and you'll never suffer a lack of Lilacs again! Since 1913, this fetching variety has been winning hearts and minds.

Easy-care deciduous Lilacs need sunshine and a modicum of care. It's perfect for new gardeners, and wise old gardeners alike. Cold-hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 through 7 and can grow 8 to 12 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide at maturity.

Planting and Application:

Love Lilacs? Create a wonderful display with a collection of early, mid-season and late-season blooming Lilacs to extend your enjoyment of these fragrant blossoms all spring! Alternate Monge Lilac with double blooming Ludwig Spaeth in a staggered, zigzagging planting. You'll extend your bloom season by several weeks with these two varieties as a partner pair. Add a dimensional depth to your new planting with pinstriped Sensation Lilac. Include flowering Clematis vines to weave their way through the branches for summer blooms.

Monge makes a bold statement and develops into a wonderful backdrop. Carve out space in your lawn for an undulating mulched garden bed. Plant your favorite varieties in an informal grouping. Perhaps you could site your new garden bed where it will hide the view of your neighbor's kitchen window? These are impressive specimens all on their own and neighbors will marvel at the longevity of their blooms!

Consider it a living room divider for a hard-working lot, no matter the size. Create an entertainment area on one side. Turn the other side into a personalized "getaway" spot or Meditation Garden. Use a long row of Monge along the back fence or in your sunny side yard. Keep the look polished with a limited palette. Plant six feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

Any yard becomes a bird-friendly, pollinator garden and cut flower garden with the addition of a Lilac! No yard? No need to miss out on the incredible fragrance of fresh Lilac blooms! You can grow Monge in outdoor containers for many years.

  • Excellent Reddish-Purple, Single Blooms
  • Incredibly Fragrant Month-Long Blooms
  • Attractive, Blue-Green, Heart-Shaped Leave
  • Durable Multi-Stemmed Shrub
  • Nectar-Rich Shrubs Support Beneficial Pollinators and Butterflies
  • Outstanding French Hybrid Lilac Introduced in 1913
  • Great in Cut Flower Arrangements
  • Provides Shade & Screening, Specimen, Long Lasting Color!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Easy to grow Monge Lilac does best in full sun, where it receives at least six hours of direct sunlight. It survives light shade, but the flowering is reduced. Well-drained soil is important. Elevate the plants in a mound of additional soil, or create a raised bed to improve your drainage.

Mulch your plants to a depth of three inches, but pull it away five or six inches from the stems. Apply a medium amount of water on a regular basis while your plant is young, for container plants and during times of extended drought. Air circulation is important for Lilacs, so find a breezy place for them to perform at their best.

Don't miss a single bloom! Follow these easy Pruning steps for the best flowering: Pruning should be done immediately after the flowers are finished. Clip the spent blooms at that time. Open up the interior of the shrub to light and air circulation. Monge can be easily rejuvenated with hard pruning periodically. Remove several of the thickest branches at ground level every other year or so.

No plant is truly deer resistant, but deer don't prefer the taste of Lilacs. We recommend spraying all new plants with repellent and reapplying it according to the label directions.

  • Full Sun
  • Adaptable in Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Regular Moisture & Mulched Beds
  • Prune After Spring Flowering Only
  • Very Reliable Performance
  • Cold Hardy & Easy-Care
  • Deer Don't Prefer the Taste

Place your order for the ever-popular Monge Lilac today. Our growers take great pride in these commercial-grade high-end plants. Monge Lilac can become an essential part of your landscape design. You'll rely on its stunning flowers and handsome leaves to add interest and charm. Order yours today at!

Frequently Asked Questions

How big do Monge Lilacs get?

The Monge Lilac bush can obtain a mature height of 8-10 feet and a spread of 8-12 feet wide.

How fast do Lilacs grow?

Lilacs have a medium growth rate and one might see 1 - 2 feet of new growth per year in optimal growing conditions.

Are Lilacs a tree or a bush?

Lilacs are shrub-form plants that can be pruned into small tree-form specimens if desired. They are typically sold with their lower limbs intact and have multi-stemmed/multi-trunked growth naturally.

Which is the most fragrant Lilac?

Lilac's iconic scent lasts for a week or more after they've opened and some of the most fragrant (arguably) are the Beauty of Moscow, President Grevy, the yellow Primrose and the Sensation Lilac!

What shipping options do you offer? works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Monge Lilac for sale here at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Monge Lilac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Syringa vulgaris 'Monge'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Blue-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes