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Little Lady™ Lilac

Syringa x 'Jeflady'

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Little Lady Lilac with light purple flowers

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Little Lady™ combines the beautifully fragrant flowers of 'Miss Kim' lilac with a more compact, restrained form. In late spring, the dark pink buds open to lilac pink against fresh green foliage. The mature size makes this plant perfect for foundation plantings, but it can also be used en masse or as an informal hedge where you don't need a lot of height. At maturity, it will reach 4-5' tall and wide and is incredibly cold hardy, thriving even in Zone 2.

Plant Attributes

The Little Lady™ Lilac, scientifically known as Syringa x 'Jeflady', is a popular deciduous shrub known for its exceptional beauty and fragrance. This dwarf lilac variety, with its small stature and compact form, is well-suited to urban gardens, mixed borders, and containers where space is a limiting factor. Typically, the plant reaches a height and spread of around 4-5 feet, making it considerably smaller than traditional lilac varieties.

The main draw of the Little Lady™ Lilac is its impressive clusters of fragrant, tubular flowers that bloom in late spring. These flowers exhibit a stunning lilac hue, often appearing as a lighter, almost pastel shade. The flowers are noted for their intoxicating aroma, a trait shared with other members of the Syringa family. They are also known to attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees, making the Little Lady™ Lilac an excellent addition to any wildlife garden.

The foliage of this plant comprises heart-shaped leaves that are a vibrant green color, which turn to yellow in the fall. This provides a delightful contrast to the lovely lilac blooms. The plant is fairly hardy and can tolerate a wide range of soil types, provided they are well-drained. It prefers full sun to partial shade and requires moderate watering.

Despite its delicate appearance, the Little Lady™ Lilac is a robust plant, resistant to most common pests and diseases. However, it may be susceptible to issues such as powdery mildew and lilac borer if not properly cared for. Regular pruning after flowering can help maintain its compact shape and encourage better bloom production the following year.

In summary, the Little Lady™ Lilac is a beautiful, compact, and fragrant plant that adds charm to any garden setting. Its low-maintenance requirements and small size make it an ideal choice for gardeners with limited space but a desire for the classic beauty of lilacs.

Landscape Use

The Little Lady™ Lilac, given its compact size and attractive attributes, offers an array of landscaping uses.

  1. Foundation Planting: Due to its moderate height and breadth, the Little Lady™ Lilac can be used effectively in foundation plantings. Its appealing flowers and pleasant scent add a welcoming touch near entrances and windows.
  2. Borders and Edging: This plant is perfect for lining pathways, driveways, or garden edges due to its uniform and compact growth habit. The abundant bloom of lilac flowers will provide a stunning border display in late spring.
  3. Container Gardening: Given its dwarf size, the Little Lady™ Lilac is an excellent choice for container gardening. This allows it to be easily moved around the garden to fit different design requirements and to provide fragrance where desired.
  4. Wildlife Garden: The fragrant flowers of this plant are known to attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds, making it an ideal choice for a wildlife garden.
  5. Mixed Shrub Borders: The plant can be used effectively in mixed shrub borders to provide a pop of color and fragrance. It pairs well with other spring-blooming shrubs and perennials.
  6. Specimen Planting: With its elegant and compact appearance, the Little Lady™ Lilac makes an excellent specimen or focal plant. It stands out beautifully when planted alone against a backdrop of greenery.
  7. Hedges: Although not as tall as traditional lilac varieties, this plant can still be used to create low, fragrant hedges. It also works well as a screen plant in smaller gardens where space is limited.

The Little Lady™ Lilac's flexible nature makes it an excellent addition to various landscape designs. Whether showcased on its own or mixed with other plants, this shrub always stands out.

Planting & Care

he Little Lady™ Lilac, being a compact and resilient plant, requires relatively simple care and planting procedures. Here are some essential tips for ensuring the healthy growth of this beautiful shrub:


  1. When to Plant: Spring or fall are the best times to plant lilacs, when the weather is cooler and the plant has a chance to establish roots before facing extreme temperatures.
  2. Site Selection: Choose a site that receives full sun to partial shade. Lilacs bloom best with at least six hours of sunlight per day.
  3. Soil Requirements: The plant prefers well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. If your soil is heavy clay or tends to stay soggy, consider amending it with compost to improve its texture and drainage.


  1. Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry periods, but ensure the soil doesn't become waterlogged. Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot.
  2. Fertilizing: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to promote vigorous growth and abundant flowering.
  3. Pruning: Regular pruning helps maintain a neat, compact shape and promotes better blooming. The best time to prune is just after the blooming period in late spring. Avoid pruning in late summer or fall, as this can remove next year's flower buds.
  4. Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain soil moisture and control weeds.
  5. Pest and Disease Control: While Little Lady™ Lilac is generally disease-resistant, watch for signs of powdery mildew, leaf spots, or lilac borers. If these issues arise, treat with an appropriate fungicide or pesticide.

With appropriate care, the Little Lady™ Lilac will reward gardeners with a stunning display of fragrant blossoms each spring, making it a worthwhile addition to any garden.

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Plant Features

  • Height: 4-5'
  • Width: 4-5'
  • Hardiness Zone: 2-7
  • Heat Zone: 7
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Habit: Upright, Rounded
  • Flower Color: Light Purple
  • Foliage: Bright Green

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