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Fabulous Pinstriped Blooms Sensation Lilac

  • Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit
  • Unique, Bi-colored Florets are Deep Purple-Red Edged in White
  • Puts on a Profuse Display of Pyramidal Panicles
  • Very Showy Flowers Last for Nearly a Month
  • Incredible in Cut Flower Arrangements
  • Butterfly Magnet
  • Large, Heart-Shaped, Blue-Green Foliage
  • Gain Breezy Privacy
  • Easy-Care, Multi-Stemmed Shrub
  • Versatile in the Landscape
  • Create a Beautiful, Contemporary Hedge
  • Adds Welcome Shade
  • Long-Lived
  • Lilacs Can Be Easily Kept Shorter With Trimming
  • Deer Don't Prefer the Taste

Your home is a retreat, with carefully selected decor and furnishings. Your garden can become the same, and even offers the unparalleled benefits of blue sky, sunshine and gentle breezes!

Select Sensation Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation') to create excitement in your spring garden. All Lilacs are wonderful, but this special variety really takes it to the next level.

Lilac blooms are composed of hundreds of tiny florets. The florets cluster together in huge, fragrant panicles that rise from the branches in spring.

Sensation trusses develop profusely across the entire shrub. Look closely, and you'll be treated to an enchanting sight.

Each red-purple flower petal "pops" with a delicate edging of pristine white. You won't believe your eyes!

The flowers are hardy and long-lasting in cut floral arrangements. You'll want to bring plenty of that heavenly spring magic indoors.

This outstanding shrub is an exceptional choice that makes a big impact to all who experience it. Sensation Lilac is also a boon to hummingbirds, butterflies, and beneficial pollinators that visit your yard in the spring.

After the blooms are done, Sensation Lilac becomes a workhorse for your landscape. Rich, blue-green, heart-shaped leaves are lushly held.

These vibrant, billowy shrubs provide shade and a desirable privacy screen. Use them to your best advantage with strategic planting decisions.

Hide the utilitarian aspects of modern life. Screen the neighbor's barbeque. Shield your pool. Cozy up your patio seating.

You can even grow them in a large outdoor container for many years. Keep them much shorter with a quick pruning after the lovely flowers are finished.

Don't miss this year's crop of extremely high-quality Sensation Lilac. Our team works with garden designers across the country, and they love dazzling their clients with this showy variety.

Order yours today!

How to Use Sensation Lilac in the Landscape

Even if you have a large Lilac collection in your yard, you'll want to give Sensation Lilac a high-profile place of honor. The gorgeous trusses are worth it!

Use one at the corner of your home to anchor your foundation planting. Extend the mulched bed to include the new Sensation for the most attractive display.

If you have a tall portico on the front of your home, add a pair flanking either side of the front door. Their upright form and ornamental blooms will welcome your guests with memorable style.

Establish a long hedge at your property line, or along the length of your pool deck. Use multiple Lilac varieties, or stick with Sensation—either option will look great.

Plant six feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. Stagger a second row in a zigzagging planting pattern for the fastest results.

Use these plants to live larger, even on a tiny modern lot. Try a proven designer trick by screening off a portion of your property with Sensation Lilacs.

Lawn plantings add a charming sense of mystery to a ho-hum yard. Your space will look much larger if you can't see everything all at once.

Plant a large informal drift in the lawn to bisect your design, varying the spacing between plants. Double up some of the plants in the middle, but start and finish your drift with a single shrub on either end.

Underplant with spring-blooming bulbs. Tuck in smaller summer-flowering shrubs and include a few showy plants for fall color.

Go big and bold with your garden design. Use one side of the planting for a large entertainment area. Add a hammock stand to the "back side" and you'll relish a private sanctuary all season long.

This special plant can also help you memorialize a loved one. Plant a single Sensation Lilac to watch over a special garden statue or plaque. Add a bench and even a notebook and pen tucked into a waterproof bag to write your loved one a weekly letter.

Lilacs work so hard to please. Take full advantage of their stature and low-maintenance nature.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant Sensation Lilacs in full sun. They flower best with six hours of direct sunlight, although they'll tolerate light shade.

The soil should drain quickly after a rain. If your soil retains water, bring in additional soil 18 inches high by three feet wide. Plant in that mound.

Mulch over the root system. Apply a three-inch layer, and pull it back away from the main stems. You'll appreciate the way mulch helps cut down on your water bills!

Young Lilacs need a regular schedule of medium water. After their roots are established in your soil, they'll become water wise. However, you should protect your investment by watering in extended droughts.

Prune directly after the flowers are done. Snip off the old flowers, then open up the interior by removing inward-heading branches. Cut out the thickest stems out at ground level every other year.

Although Lilacs aren't the favorite food for deer, we do advise repellent spray if you live in an area with. Spray on planting day, then reapply according to the label.

You'll be thrilled with the high performance of easy-care Sensation Lilac. Start with our expertly grown plant material to give you a huge head start on the garden of your dreams.

Place your order for Sensation Lilac today and enjoy!

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

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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Sensation Lilac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well-Drained
Moisture Medium, then Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple, White
Foliage Color Blue-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
When To Prune After Flowering
Fragrant Yes