“Vrugtman has succeeded in beautifully updating an essential volume. There are important changes in classifications listed in the new version, and it is a must-have. . . The pictures themselves are so gorgeous they conjure up the exquisite aroma.” (Idaho Farm Bureau Quarterly
“One test of a good book is that it inspires, and this one has certainly persuaded me to plant more lilacs.”
(BBC Gardens Illustrated
“Fiala will forever be linked to American lilacs, and his book is an essential legacy for anyone who loves these shrubs.”
(The Evansville Courier & Press
A new and up-to-date edition of the classic reference First published in 1988 by award-winning American hybridizer Reverend John Fiala, this unique reference quickly became known worldwide as the lilac lover's bible. The latest revision combines Fiala's passion for lilacs with the expertise of Freek Vrugtman, the International Lilac Registrar. The new book provides up-to-date information on the 21 known lilac species and 10 natural hybrids, as well as hundreds of named cultivars. Five hundred new color photos have been added, including some which show the newest introductions from Russia and Poland. The text addresses practical concerns of selecting, growing, propagating, and using lilacs in the landscape. Packed with nearly six hundred color photographs, Lilacs: A Gardener's Encyclopedia
tells the story of a classic fragrant shrub cherished for its reliable masses of colorful flowers.