There is a race run on Mackinaw Island the first weekend of June, they call it the Lilac Run. Up there the Lilacs are either just beginning, or are all flowered out and looking beautiful; down around here though they are just past their zenith.
The French hybrids are mainly what you see now. They are shorter, reaching 8 feet, and are slower to rhizome out. They are the ones that come in colors other than light purple, and even in purple they can be anywhere from the very light, to the deep purple in the Ludwig Spaeth .