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- Lilac Miss Kim
- Miss Kim Lilac
- Growing Dwarf Lilacs – Learn About Common Dwarf Lilac Varieties
- What is a Dwarf Lilac?
- Types of Dwarf Lilacs
- Tips for Growing Dwarf Lilacs
- Dwarf Korean Lilac Quick Growing Guide:
- Where Did Korean Dwarf Lilac Originate?
- What Does Korean Dwarf Lilac Look Like?
- Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree Care
- Is The Dwarf Lilac Hard To Grow?
- Pruning Dwarf Korean Lilac Trees Is Optional
- Do You Have To Deadhead Lilacs?
- Dwarf Korean Lilac Resists Pests and Disease
- Fertilize Lightly or Not At All
- Varieties Of Dwarf Lilac
- Why Choose Dwarf Korean Lilacs?
- Lilac Trees
- A New Garden Favorite: Bloomerang Lilac
- History of Bloomerang Lilac
- Where to Grow Bloomerang Lilac
- Tips for Planting Bloomerang Lilac
- Growth Characteristics of Bloomerang Lilac
- Pruning Bloomerang Lilac
- Companion Plants for Bloomerang Lilac
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Lilacs for Central New York Landscapes
The taxonomy of this group of lilacs native to China Korea and Japan has been confused and evolving for many years.
The plant marketed as `Dwarf Korean’ lilac, for example, is Syringa pubescens ssp. meyeri `Palibin,’ at right. It blooms just prior to the common/French lilacs.
Meanwhile, `Miss Kim’ (Syringa pubescens ssp. patula `Miss Kim’), a second very popular “dwarf” lilac was grown from seed collected near Seoul, South Korea in 1947 and released by the University of New Hampshire in 1954. It tends to flower with or just after the mid-season French hybrid lilacs and features shiny, slightly elongated leaves that look quite different than most lilacs, at left.
And, though not readily available, the littleleaf lilac cultivar `Superba’ (Syringa pubescens ssp. microphylla `Superba’) can make for a good shrub border plant.
All three of these plants are very good lilacs – as lilacs go.
Their flowers, which tend to be smaller and more compact than the French hybrid lilacs, are icy blue with maybe just a touch of pink. And the leaves of all three plants will occasionally show hints of red in the fall as compared to the yellow-green of other lilacs.
Understand, however, that none of the three are “dwarf” in size!
I’ve personally seen `Dwarf Korean’ lilacs in the immediate Syracuse area that are at least seven to eight feet tall and wide. And, each of the three `Miss Kim’ lilacs clustered together in this picture, at right, that I took within the Zucker Shrub Sampler garden at Cornell Plantations in Ithaca are about seven feet tall and wide.
The mature size of these plants can also pose problems when grafted onto four to six foot tall “standards” and grown as “trees.”
For example, in the picture at left, three grafted Korean lilacs (two `Miss Kim,’ center and left, and a `Dwarf Korean,’ at right) are planted about four feet apart in front of the entrance to Syracuse Stage in Syracuse. Below, at right, is a picture of a ten year-old `Dwarf Korean’ lilac that’s about a mile from Syracuse Stage. It’s the better part of eight feet tall and every bit of ten feet in diameter! Given the potential size of these plants, how do you think the three grafted lilacs in front of Syracuse Stage are going to fit together as they mature?
Meanwhile, Bailey Nurseries of St. Paul, MN continues to release additions to its “Fairytale” series of “dwarf” lilacs. Resulting from crosses between the `Dwarf Korean’ and littleleaf lilacs described above, this group includes the increasingly common `Tinkerbelle’ (dark pink), as well as `Fairy Dust’ (pale pink), `Sugar Plum Fairy’ (light lavender), and `Prince Charming’ (lavender-pink).
As with the `Dwarf Korean’, `Miss Kim,’ and littleleaf lilacs above, these plants can all reach at least six to eight feet in height and width – regardless of what garden center labels may say! There are also reports that the “Fairytale” lilacs may be susceptible to a “sudden death” when grown in evenly slightly damp soils and observations that this group of lilacs may not be as winter-hardy as other lilacs.
Lilac Miss Kim
Love lilacs but have no room for a 12 foot shrub? Allow us to introduce Miss Kim. This compact Korean lilac is ideal for a mixed border or for under a bedroom window (leave the window open in late spring to enjoy the scent.) Grown from just 12 seed collected from a craggy mountainside in Korea on Veteran’s Day in 1947, this compact lilac has proven to be a great choice for American gardens.
Why Grow Miss Kim Lilacs?
- Miss Kim flowers a bit later than other lilacs, extending the blooming season.
- The bloom are delightfully fragrant
- This lilac’s foliage is rarely bothered by the powdery mildew that can appear on other lilacs
- Miss Kim is winter hardy in cold regions and thrives in southern regions where classic lilacs may not be happy
- Foliage colors to a lovely port wine shade in autumn, adding color to the fall landscape
Deep purple buds open to clusters of showy light lavender flowers, deliciously scented. Blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Moderate growth rate with a mature height of 4-6 feet, with a similar spread.
Miss Kim Lilac
Short on space, but want the spring fragrance of Lilac? Try the little cousin of the popular Common Purple Lilac (Lilac syringa). Meet the Miss Kim Lilac bush (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula Miss Kim’).
The overall size of the plant stay smaller, remains denser and more rounded, and grows a bit slower than Common Lilacs. Also known as the Manchurian Lilac, this is an elegant shrub with a really nice natural shape.
And don’t worry. Even though Miss Kim is smaller in size, she still produces a huge display of fragrant flowers in spring.
A Korean variety, she also produces flowers after all of the French Lilacs are done blooming. Add Miss Kim to a collection of Lilacs to extend your heavenly season of bloom.
Plant them where you can enjoy the tremendous fragrance and enjoy the massive flower displays. Don’t forget to cut armloads and bring them indoors to enjoy in your cut flower arrangements.
The flower buds are dark purple pink, but the flowers open pale lavender to ice blue. The abundant blooms finish their season by fading to a very soft lavender-pink.
The flowers feature that classic sweet Lilac fragrance that can be smelled all over the garden. They smother your shrub in late spring.
Like all Lilacs, you’ll get the best flowering if you site it in full sun. Air circulation is always a good idea for Lilacs.
Miss Kim Lilac has great powdery mildew resistance. Her dark green leaves are smaller and rounded. During the summer, this tree will stay a pleasant green and as the season fades to fall, the leaves will blush red for an additional season of interest. In some years, the foliage turns a beautiful burgundy fall color. Miss Kim has the best fall color of any Lilac on the market.
Miss Kim can be used in urban landscapes. Not only for her showy good looks, easy care nature and fragrant flowers, but she shows tolerance to urban pollution and can even tolerate road salt.
This is the best fragrant Lilac for the south. Miss Kim requires fewer chill hours to produce bloom than French varieties.
This Miss Kim Lilac will catch more than just the jealous eyes of your neighbors. It brings butterflies and hummingbirds who love the easy access to the delicious nectar.
Please don’t let another year go by without adding this outstanding Lilac to your garden.Order yours today!
How to Use Miss Kim Lilac in the Landscape
There are so many ways to enjoy a compact Lilac in your landscape. Wherever you choose to use her, please know that she’ll bloom best for you in full sun.
Let’s start in the front yard. Need a bit of privacy, but don’t want to feel too overwhelmed? Try a hedge of Miss Kim Lilacs along your fence line or front sidewalk.
Once established, Miss Kim is seriously low maintenance. She can tolerate road salt, so try a friendly fence along your length of your front sidewalk.
Use her in a side yard or create a lawn planting with a gently curved island garden bed. Use 1, 3, 5, 7 or more for the most natural look. Underplant with smaller evergreens and other flowering plants. Don’t forget the spring bulbs to really maximize the spring display.
For a dense hedge, plant 2 to 3 feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one plant to the center of the next. If you want an easy-breezy hedge that billows in the breezes, you can increase that space to 3 to 4 feet apart. They will just touch as mature plants.
If you have higher windows, or just want a bit of privacy for your front windows, she’ll make a marvelous modern foundation planting. Use a single plant as a specimen to anchor the corner of a foundation planting.
The smaller size makes it perfect plant to border a walkway or patio. However you use it in the yard, plant it where you can enjoy it.
In backyard landscaping, Miss Kim is fantastic for massing, hedging, and repeating along the back of your mixed borders. Picture a staggered planting along the back of your perennial or mixed border planting.
Sunny, well drained soils are always best for the best vigor and flowers. Miss Kim is used as a mass planting on many residential and commercial sites. Plant in a checkerboard 3 feet apart to create a wonderful mass planting.
You can even keep them in large containers for several years. Use container plants for strategic screening on the patio or pool deck. Try one on either side of your entryways.
You will love the creative possibilities afforded by this desirable shrub.
#ProPlantTips for Care
People love Lilacs for the fragrant blooms, so we want to provide some expert care tips to encourage the best blooms.
Start with a spot in well-drained soils. If you see long-lasting puddles in the area you want to plant a Miss Kim, bring additional native soil and create a mound 18 – 24 inches. Plant directly in that mound. This is especially true if you have clay soils. She will not tolerate standing water, or wet feet.
Please don’t plant her too deep, either. Miss Kim would rather be planted exactly at the same depth it was growing in at the nursery. There is no need to over mulch this Lilac.
Full sun is best, and morning sun is optimal for this sun-loving shrub. If there is too much shade, your Lilac will limp along and produce leaves, but it will likely never produce blooms.
The first year, you’ll want to provide a moderate amount of water. If you haven’t gotten a good rain, get out there and check the soil near your Lilacs. Poke your finger in the soil. If it’s getting dry, drag the hose out and give a nice, long drink.
Once Miss Kim’s roots are established in your soil – after the first season or two – you can rely on rainfall. This is a drought tolerant shrub in all but extended drought.
Keep your eye on her if you have a very long delay between rainfall. You may need to give supplemental water in late fall, too.
While this shrub grows about 6 – 10 inches a year into a compact shape, it’s possible to prune it if needed. Prune directly following the bloom to correct crossing branches or remove any broken limbs.
Lilacs bloom on last year’s wood. If you prune too early or too late, you’ll lose the flowers for next spring. Prune it right after it flowers and before seeds are formed assures you an abundance of flowers the following year.
Once your plant gets about 10 years old, it’s time for a 3 year renewal pruning project. After the flowers are finished, remove 1/3 of the thickest, oldest stems all the way down at the ground. This leaves the younger thinner stems in place for a nice natural form of the plant.
Do this each year for 3 years. After 3 years, you’ll have a new shrub! You can also hard prune Miss Kim Lilacs to 2 to 3 feet tall, if desired.
For Lilacs near lawn, be careful about high nitrogen lawn fertilizers. This will make lots of foliage but discourage blooms. Don’t allow lawn fertilizers near the base of the shrub.
Instead, feed it a nice slow release fertilizer for blooms once a year in spring after your shrubs have leafed out.
Miss Kim Lilac is listed on many deer resistant plant lists. If you live where there are deer, Nature Hills always recommends you apply Deer Repellent to all new plants and reapply as stated on the directions. Remember, if deer populations are high and the food is limited deer may sample any plant.
This is a very desirable plant, and Nature Hills growers take pride in their commercial grade landscape materials. You’ll love the quality of Miss Kim Lilac’s from Nature Hills. Order today!
Growing Dwarf Lilacs – Learn About Common Dwarf Lilac Varieties
Who doesn’t like a lovely lilac bush? The soft lavender tones and the rich intoxicating scent all add up to a pretty garden accent. That being said, lilacs have an unfortunate tendency to get large and unruly, but the new types of dwarf lilac have compact forms while still giving the showiest floral show in town. Regular lilacs can grow 6 to 15 feet in height but the dwarf lilac varieties are only 4 to 5 feet and can easily fit into small gardens or even containers.
What is a Dwarf Lilac?
Space challenged gardeners, or those that prefer a tidy looking plant, will love the dwarf lilac varieties. These smaller bushes offer all the same color and scent the standard forms present with a more compact form. Dwarf lilacs are fairly new developments with the Korean dwarf one of the first to be marketed.
Syringa are old-fashioned garden classics that conjure warm spring days and crisp nights. They are one of the harbingers of summer as the whole garden begins to burst into color. Lilacs are useful as hedges,
single specimens and border plants. With their rapid growth and large forms, they provide scented screening around the property. Dwarf lilacs accept a different challenge as containers, edging and foundation plants.
What is a dwarf lilac? Dwarf lilac varieties are bred on rootstocks that promote smaller forms but still pack a big aromatic punch. They range from 4 feet to 6 feet in height with a denser frame than their standard counterparts.
Types of Dwarf Lilacs
One of the most well-known of the compact shrubs is the Korean Dwarf lilac or Meyer lilac. This diminutive plant is a neat little shrub approximately 4 feet in height and 5 feet wide. It takes shearing gracefully and produces 4-inch long panicles of dark violet flowers.
Other types include:
- Palibin is a variety of Korean lilac that is known for its hardiness down to United States Department of Agriculture zone 3.
- Josee, a compact lilac that may get up to 6 feet in height, is a re-bloomer with lavender-pink blooms.
- Tinkerbelle is an early bloomer with a spicy scent and rich wine colored panicles.
- Another plant to consider when growing dwarf lilacs is Boomerang. It has a 4- by 4-foot form and abundant blooms with smaller leaves than most lilac bushes.
Tips for Growing Dwarf Lilacs
Lilac bushes prefer northern climates and do not flower well in the south. A full sun location in well-draining soil of average fertility will produce the healthiest plant and showiest flowers.
Plant the lilac in a hole as deep as the root ball but twice as wide. New installations will require evenly moist soil until they establish and, thereafter, once per week in summer if rainfall is less than one inch.
After they bloom is the time to prune these lilacs, which flower on old wood. Remove broken wood and old canes. Cut any newer wood back to a growth node. Minimize the amount of new wood taken because it will diminish the next season’s blooms.
Dwarf lilacs are easy to care for and add old-time elegance to the landscape.
The Dwarf Korean Lilac – Syringa meyeri – a hardy flowering deciduous shrub adding grace, fragrance and beauty to a garden.
Lilac shrubs of all sorts are loved by gardeners the world over.
Traditional varieties of these hardy, enthusiastic plants are well-known for producing copious amounts of gorgeous blooms. Now newer hybrids produce more and bigger flowers in a vast array of exciting colors.
In fact, there are so many desirable choices in colors and forms these days that choosing can put gardeners in a quandary. One good solution to the lilac dilemma is to go with dwarf varieties.
Versatile dwarf Korean lilacs provide lots of good options in a small and compact form. With its pretty, fragrant purple flower spikes (excellent fragrant plant for the garden) and well-shaped, carefree growing habits, dwarf lilacs are the perfect choice as:
- Border shrubs
- Container plants
- Stand-alone accent
- Small standard tree form
… make the dwarf lilac an excellent “featured” patio or landscape plant. It also makes an excellent focal point for a butterfly and hummingbird garden.
Even though dwarf lilacs can grow to be a little over six feet, their growth is slow. They remain under four feet tall with an attractive mounded shape for several years, so they make an excellent small-space choice for quite some time. It is quite easy to control growth with pruning.
Dwarf Korean Lilac Quick Growing Guide:
Origin: China and Japan
Common Names: Lilac, Palibin
Uses: Hedge, Container, Specimen plant
Height: 6-7 feet
USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-7
Flowers: Showy and fragrant
Foliage: Pointy leaves transition from burgundy in spring to dark green foliage in summer to yellow fall color.
Dwarf Korean Lilac Care Requirements: Full sun (minimum 6 hours daily), keep soil on the medium to dry side, very-low maintenance, pruning is optional. If deadheading prune after first bloom to encourage more blooms. Pruning at the end of the blooming season (April to May) supports more blossoms in the coming year.
Miscellaneous: Miniature Lilac Bush is a set-it-and-forget-it shrub, drought tolerant, deer and pest resistant and useful for areas where erosion is a problem. It is great for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Rabbits may nibble your plants, so rabbit fencing is recommended.
Where Did Korean Dwarf Lilac Originate?
The Korean Dwarf lilac tree came to America from China in 1909.
It was introduced to the west by Frank Meyer, who was the first westerner to cultivate it.
For this reason, the plant’s botanical name (Syringa meyeri) honors him. He imported the shrub from China to the US by sending cuttings home.
This, in itself, is a tribute to the hardiness of this shrub, as transportation in those days was slow and somewhat unreliable, yet the cuttings managed to survive and thrive.
What Does Korean Dwarf Lilac Look Like?
The plant grows to a maximum of seven feet high and can spread up to five feet; therefore, it is thought of as a small shrub. Flowers vary in shades of pinkish lavender to lilac to purple.
The plant’s foliage is a deep, attractive shade of burgundy in the springtime and transitions to dark green through the growing season.
These small, cheery bushes are covered with blossoms when they bloom from early May to late June. Here is a video of a lovely stand of Dwarf Korean Lilac Bush in full bloom.
In the autumn, the green leaves transition to a lovely shade of yellow and then they fall revealing attractive, dark brown limbs and stems.
All-in-all, Miss Kim is a lilac bush that adds interest and beauty to your landscape all year round.
Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree Care
Purchase your new lilac bush early in the springtime and get it into the ground right away.
Ideally, you should select a location with well-drained soil and full sun. However, these plants are adaptable to various pH levels and soil types and can do well in wetter locales.
Naturally, to keep your dwarf lilac at its healthiest and encourage enthusiastic blooming, it is best to plant it in an ideal location.
Is The Dwarf Lilac Hard To Grow?
Just as with any newly planted shrub, you’ll want to baby it along a bit until it is well-established. Once established, you can mostly just enjoy it.
These plants are remarkably rugged, easy to grow and easy to care for. They are highly adaptable and versatile and do equally well in a wide variety of landscape applications, including:
- General garden use
- Outdoor container
- Accent plant
- Low hedge
Because they are slow growing, they can do very well in a limited area or a container for several years.
Since their ultimate size is not exceptionally large, transplanting to a more spacious setting is not difficult. Annual pruning with help control the size.
Pruning Dwarf Korean Lilac Trees Is Optional
When pruning your dwarf lilac bush, wait until it finishes blooming. Richly fragrant flowers appear in abundance late in the springtime after the plant becomes fully established.
Because lilacs flower on last year’s growth, do not prune your plants before winter. Instead, prune only in the springtime after the first flush of flowers finishes. This may spur a second bloom.
Although standard lilacs may take up to five years to bloom, dwarves such as Miss Kim (Syringa patula), Preston (Syringa x prestoniae) and dwarf Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri) may flower within the first couple of years.
If you don’t want to prune your dwarf lilac, that’s alright. These plants maintain their shape nicely and can simply be left to naturalize into the environment.
Tips on Pruning Lilacs Back
Do You Have To Deadhead Lilacs?
You don’t have to deadhead lilacs, but spent blossoms are a bit unattractive. Removing the first flush may stimulate more flowers. Removing the second flush will make bushes more attractive throughout the rest of the growing season.
It also prevents the development of seed pods. Of course, as with any other flowering plant, deadheading helps the shrub make the best use of its energy.
When you remove the second flush of spent blossoms, your shrub will be able to create more flower buds and will to bloom more profusely in the coming season.
When you do deadhead your lilacs, take care to snip just below the flower cluster and above the uppermost leaves.
Dwarf Korean Lilac Resists Pests and Disease
These small, hardy lilacs resist most common lilac maladies, such as lilac borers and powdery mildew. This is especially true of plants provided with optimum care.
Your lilac would do best if it planted in a location where it will receive a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight daily. The best soil is airy and well-draining.
Although dwarf lilac varieties are resistant to powdery mildew fungus, poor planting locations or excessive crowding can encourage the growth of this fungus (which exhibits as a white, powdery coating on the leaves).
An ideal location with full sun and good drainage will help prevent this problem.
If you do find powdery mildew on your dwarf lilacs, don’t panic. It is more unsightly than harmful. Pruning to admit more air circulation may help discourage it, but the best cure is prevention.
Sunlight, fresh air, and good drainage will go far to keep your dwarf lilacs healthy and happy.
Pruning surrounding trees to increase sunlight and air circulation is also recommended as way of providing your shrubs with a healthy environment.
Taking good care of your lilac bush as it establishes itself will help guarantee good performance. Give it a couple of inches of organic mulch every spring to help hold in moisture, discourage weeds and nourish the soil.
Fertilize Lightly or Not At All
Mulch may be all the fertilizer your lilac bush needs. Soil too rich may inhibit flowering. If you want to add fertilizer, give plants a half dose, once, early in the springtime. Excessive fertilizing will result in lots of leaves and few (if any) flowers.
Varieties Of Dwarf Lilac
Korean Dwarf Lilac is one of the most familiar and popular varieties. However, there are several dwarf varieties to choose from and you can certainly mix and match if you wish.
Here are some of the other pretty and popular varieties you may wish to try:
- Tinkerbelle is a very fragrant lilac which produces blossoms earlier than other varieties, making it is a nice addition for continuous blooming, with its deep lilac-purple flowers with a rich, spicy scent.
- Miss Kim is a more upright dwarf variety producing single blossoms in shades of pale blue to lavender.
- Josee is a reblooming lilac which produces an abundance of pinkish-lavender blooms, and it almost always blooms twice.
- Bloomerang lilac is extra small and compact with a maximum height and width of four feet.
- Palibin is a very hardy Korean lilac. It can do well even in USDA hardiness zone 3.
Why Choose Dwarf Korean Lilacs?
These versatile, cheery shrubs are easy to grow and care for. They can grow from cuttings or seedlings with equal ease.
Dwarf varieties are far more dense and compact than their full-sized counterparts and require far less maintenance.
They tend to keep an attractive, rounded shape with little or no pruning and provide year-round interest with seasonal color changes in foliage, luscious scent, riotous color in springtime and interesting limbs, twigs and bark through the winter months.
The Korean Lilac flowers in late spring, spreading its delightful fragrance throughout the garden. Resistant to many of the ills such as powdery mildew and lilac borers, it is one of the most versatile among flowering shrubs.
The flowers of lilac trees are similar to those on lilac bushes, but generally have smaller individual blossoms. The range of color is also more limited, usually only cream to pink, but some purple cultivars have been introduced. The blooms generally appear after those of lilac bushes, and will last about the same length of time.
Lilac trees should be protected from damage caused by wind and other natural sources, as well as human damage. This is because lilac trees take a fairly long time to recover from damage. The wood of lilac trees is softer than that of some of the larger trees, and can therefore be damaged more easily. Lilac trees have fragrant blooms, and will provide a good amount of shade.
A lilac tree should be planted in a location of full sunlight, just like all other lilacs. When pruning, it is important not to remove too much from a lilac tree, as this will likely reduce the flower output the following year. When cared for properly and given the proper growing conditions, a lilac tree can easily survive for nearly one hundred years.
A New Garden Favorite: Bloomerang Lilac
Many reblooming lilacs range in color from pale pink to magenta, which makes the lilac tone of Bloomerang a rarity—and extremely popular. The purple flower hue of these shrubs also darkens in color in summer and fall. Like other lilacs, the Bloomerang blooms are scented and make for good cut flowers in bouquets.
History of Bloomerang Lilac
Reblooming, or remontant, lilacs were first noted in the early twentieth century; they are distinctive because they flower more than once per season. Bloomerang lilac (Syringa ‘Penda’) was introduced in 2009 and has been a runaway success since then.
An older variety of reblooming lilac, Josee, has been popular with gardeners who wanted to enjoy the sights and scent of a lilac in summer. It was hybridized in France in the 1970s. Josee is believed to be one of the parents of Bloomerang lilac.
Where to Grow Bloomerang Lilac
Bloomerang, which is considered a dwarf flowering shrub, reaches a mature height and spread of 4-5 feet. Like many similar shrubs and bushes, it is hardy to Zone 3, although it tends to do better in cooler areas, such as those above Zone 7.
Tips for Planting Bloomerang Lilac
Bloomerang lilac can be planted like any other container-grown shrub, with a hole deep enough for the root ball but twice as wide. Syringa Bloomerang can be planted any time of the year, but springtime gives the gardener a chance to enjoy it for the whole growing season. Bloomerang lilac also does best in fertile, well-drained soils.
Growth Characteristics of Bloomerang Lilac
Considered by many to be the most consistent and prolific reblooming lilac, Bloomerang makes its initial heavy bloom in mid-May. In June the dwarf flowering shrub rests, then begins reblooming in July, continuing until frost. The difference between the two blooming seasons is the size of the panicles: Those in summer and fall are not as large as those in spring. However, every single branch on this reblooming lilac bears flowers. Bloomerang is a reblooming lilac that’s upright, with fountainlike, long branches that arch gracefully toward the ends. As long as it is growing, it is blooming.
Unlike many lilacs, Bloomerang hasn’t shown much susceptibility to common diseases including powdery mildew, pseudomonas, and phytophthora.
Pruning Bloomerang Lilac
Bloomerang lilac reblooms on new growth, and light pruning and fertilizing encourages lots of that. Just after this dwarf flowering shrub blooms, Bloomerang should be lightly pruned. It can also be deadheaded, which allows the plant to divert its energy into growth instead of seed ripening. Fertilizer formulated specifically for woody plants can also be used. However, if you don’t prune or fertilize, the plant will still put on new growth and rebloom.
Companion Plants for Bloomerang Lilac
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There are two approaches for integrating companion plants, shrubs, and bushes with this reblooming lilac. First, pair it with perennials and shrubs that bloom along with the lilac flowers in early spring, like bleeding heart, Solomon’s seal, Siberian iris, catmint, and azalea. Or, you can pair this reblooming lilac with shrubs and plants that flower when Bloomerang lilac is taking its early to midsummer rest, such as daylilies, Asiatic lilies, and purple coneflower, as well as phlox, which spans the season. Good late-summer- and fall-flowering companions include evening primrose, sedum, and mums.
- By Kelly Roberson