Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil
- Rate of Growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Flowers: dark purple
- Other features: heart shaped, dark green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Garden care: In mid summer remove the faded flower heads carefully using secateurs to avoid damaging the young shoots Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.
Dense clusters of fragrant, double, dark purple red flowers in May and June and heart shaped, dark green leaves. This dramatic, dark purple lilac makes an excellent backdrop for a sunny mixed or shrub border. The plant copes well with alkaline soils, an important factor when planting ground recently cleared of builders' rubble.