- Top 10 Questions About Lilac Shrubs
- Retail Sources
- Lilac Bushes
- Recent Customer Reviews for Lilac Bushes
- Lilac Plants & Flowers: All you Need to Know
- Varieties of Lilac
- How to Grow and care for lilacs
- Is Lilac A Tree Or A Shrub: Learn About Types Of Lilac Trees And Shrubs
- Lilac Bush Varieties
- Types of Lilac Trees
- Common Purple Lilac
Top 10 Questions About Lilac Shrubs
Lilacs are old-fashioned favorites in the landscape well known for their wonderful scents, but even they can have problems from time to time. Gardening Know How wants to help avoid these issues, or at the very least amend them, by providing the best information possible when it comes to growing and caring for these plants in the garden – and that includes answering the top questions about lilacs in the home landscape.
1) Why isn’t my lilac blooming?
When your lilac shrub isn’t blooming, any of a number of things could have caused the problem. Lilacs need lots of sun, and if no flowers appear, they may need more light. If you give your lilacs a hard pruning, they will probably not bloom for a year or two. Also, pruning in late summer removes buds and prevents flowering. Too much nitrogen fertilizer can prevent lilacs from flowering, but so can root restriction. Sometimes your plant is old and needs a good pruning to produce younger more productive wood. Or it could be pests or just a late freeze.
2) How to prune a lilac bush?
Deadhead spent flowers by cutting close to the stems – it encourages another round of flowers. For serious pruning, use clippers, not scissors. Remove entire stems, not just the overgrown stem tips. Take out about a third of the lilac branches. Remove ground shoots, but also trim out inner branches to allow light and air to pass through the shrub. If your lilac bushes have been left to their own devices for far too long, prune the entire shrub to about six or eight inches off the ground. After three years or so, your shrub will be full of blossoms.
3) How to fertilize lilacs?
Feeding plants gives them nutrients that can produce lush foliage and promote health. Lilacs don’t need much in the way of nutrients, however, so err on the side of less fertilizer, not more. Above all, avoid nitrogen-heavy fertilizers. Those three numbers on the fertilizer packet represent nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. If the numbers are the same (e.g. 10-10-10), the fertilizer includes equal amounts of the nutrients. If the first number is bigger (e.g. 30-10-10), it’s heavy in nitrogen. Always fertilize lilacs with a closely balanced fertilizer. Apply it in spring, when the lilac canes wake up from their winter sleep.
4) How to transplant lilac shrubs?
Plants aren’t partial to being moved around and can experience transplant shock, so only transplant when you really need to. The key to happy shrub transplants is taking as many roots as possible to the plant’s new location. The best time to transplant is fall, but spring works too. Dig deep and wide to get a good size root ball. Be sure to keep it moist while you are taking it to the new site, and water it thoroughly once the transplant is done. Transplanted shrubs need extra water for a season or two until their roots gets re-established.
5) How to grow lilacs in hot climates?
Your best bet is to select a lilac variety that is heat tolerant and accepts mild winters. Lilacs can thrive in heat, as long as winter is long enough. Most lilac species require a long period of winter chill in order to flower well the following year. If your hot climate doesn’t get much winter, you might try one of the low-chill lilac hybrids available in commerce, including ‘Lavender Lady,’ ‘Blue Skies’ or ‘Angel White.’ If lilacs just won’t grow where you live, a good substitute is lilac chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus), with lilac look-alike flowers but alas no fragrance.
6) How to propagate lilacs?
You can plant lilac seeds, root softwood cuttings or transplant shoots to propagate lilac plants. Lilacs grow readily from seeds. If you decide to propagate with seeds, harvest your own by picking off the seed pods when they mature, then plant them in spring or fall. Seeds from hybrid plants don’t grow new lilacs that look like their parents, so you may want to propagate them by cuttings. Take cuttings from tender new growth in late spring. Root the cuttings in perlite, then transplant them in your garden. You can also transplant the shoots you see growing beneath the lilac bush.
7) How to treat powdery mildew on lilac bushes?
If your lilac plants look like someone spilled power on their leaves, they may have powdery mildew, a type of garden fungus. But don’t worry, you can help your lilac bushes. First, try to buy cultivars that are resistant to this pest. Then plant your lilac bushes in full sun in a spot that gets good air circulation. If necessary, prune out vegetation to increase the air flow. Always water your plants from below to reduce moisture on foliage. What if your plant gets powdery mildew anyway? Use one of the many fungicides available in commerce to combat powdery mildew. Neem oil is a good choice.
8) What causes shoots under lilac bush?
Those shoots you spot poking out of the ground under your lilac bush are growing from the lilac roots. They are called suckers. If you want more lilac plants, you can get them for free by transplanting these shoots into another garden area. The best time to transplant these shoots is spring or fall. Dig down from the trunk to expose the clump roots, then cut a shoot away from the parent plant, taking some of the roots. Replant the sucker in an appropriate, sunny location. New shoots needs regular irrigation for the first season to develop root systems.
9) Are roots of lilac plants invasive?
Lilac plants are invasive in that they expand and are difficult to remove from your backyard. While the lilac plant’s roots will not turn up your sidewalk, the shrubs do send up many suckers, each of which grow into new plants. The roots grow horizontally, parallel with the surface of the soil. As they go along, they send up these sucker shoots. A single lilac plant easily form a grove over time. Even if you cut down the clump and try to remove the roots, the lilac plant regrows from any piece of root section left in the ground.
10) When to plant a lilac bush?
You’ll find that the best seasons for planting lilac bushes are spring and fall. If you plant in spring, wait until winter’s worst has passed. Planting in fall might mean less work, as autumn rains generally provide irrigation. In either season, you’ll want to dig a planting hole that is sufficiently deep and wide to accommodate the shrub’s roots. Spread the roots vertically in the soil when you plant. Don’t squeeze bushes together or you’ll soon get overcrowding. Instead, space them at least 5 feet apart. Lilacs do best in a site with excellent drainage and plenty of afternoon sun.
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FOX HILL NURSERY
Address: 347 Lunt Rd., Freeport, ME 04032
Phone Number: 207-729-1511
Email: [email protected]
Lilacs are produced on their own roots and are shipped in two size categories. Many uncommon selections are available.
HOPE SPRINGS NURSERY
Address: 67 N Knapp Ct., Hopewell Junction, NY
Phone Number: 845-418-4136
Email: [email protected]
Located amidst the historical sites of the Hudson Valley, scenic countryside with lakes, hiking trails, spas, wine tasting, and train rides, Hope Springs Nursery is nestled in the quiet wooded hills of Hopewell Junction, near Fishkill NY.
Hope Springs Nursery has the largest collection of lilacs for sale in the region, with more than 80 cultivars of lilacs, from the French, Russian and American-bred common lilac varieties, to the early and late blooming specimens. Relax and enjoy the new display garden with nearly 60 lilacs framed by evergreens, or browse the selection of lilacs for sale. Visit the nursery, open on weekends spring through fall, to pick up a splendid assortment of lilacs your friends and neighbors will envy. If you can’t visit in person, your lilacs can be ordered on the website and shipped right to your door.
KING’S TREE FARM & NURSERY
Address: RT 133 (across from 200 Washington Street), West Boxford, MA 01921
Phone Number: 978-352-6359 Dick & Eva King
Local nursery/farm in the Boston area selling directly through their outlet. Over 50 lilac taxa available in various container sizes and in balled & burlaped. All plants produced on their own roots. Hours by appointment or chance.
KLEHM’S SONG SPARROW PERENNIAL FARM
Address: RT 13101 E. Rye Road, Avalon, WI 53505
Phone Number: 800-553-3715 Fax: 608-883-2257
Email: [email protected]
A unique selection of newer and older classic lilacs produced on their own roots available through mail order.
LAKE STREET GARDEN CENTER
Address: 37 Lake St, Salem, NH 03079
Phone Number: 603-893-5858
Contact Tim Wolf for rare and unusual common lilac cultivars including Russian hybrids. Over 60 lilac taxa available. Local nursery serving the Boston, Concord and Nashua area. All stock on their own roots in containers or balled & burlap.
MOORE’S HILL NURSERY
Address: 892 Finnegan Rd. Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone Number: 315-265-1630
Cliff and Janice Westerling
Mid-way between Canton and Potsdam, just off US 11, in the St. Lawrence River Valley
We are a small retail lilac nursery and bed and breakfast. We have more than 25 varieties for sale. Most plants sold are field grown in our nursery area. Come and enjoy our display garden, with more than 30 of our favorite varieties, in a scenic setting atop Moore’s Hill. Open weekends from Mother’s Day weekend to Father’s Day. For other times, please call ahead for an appointment.
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.fliedertraum.de/home/ or http://www.piccoplant.de/
(095) 993-4936, 969-2535, 355-3641 Email: [email protected]
Evelyn A. King
Address: 411 Nickerson Road, Swanville, ME 04915
Telephone: 978-352-3301 (cell)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.syringapluslilacs.com, Facebook
Maine Wholesale Lilac nursery with Retail trade of superior taxa on their own roots. Open by appointment or chance. Please call Evie 978-352-3301 for more information. “Let’s Talk Lilacs”
WINDY HILL FARM
Address: 686 Stockbridge Rd Great Barrington, MA 01230
Telephone Number: 413-298-3217 Fax:413-298-3167
Dennis Mareb offers an extensive selection of Syringa on own rootstock, in field grown 3 to 6 feet tall, 3 and 5 gallon containers. Located in Bershire County, Western Massachusetts where cultivars, hybrids, species and grafted standards are offered.
Lilac bushes are arguably one of the most fragrant flowers in the plant world. Botanically known as Syringa, Nature Hills offers lilacs in a ‘tree form’ along with the more traditional bush form.
There are many different lilac cultivars (types). They come in many different sizes and colors of bloom. Most blooms are a light purple, but there are also lilac cultivars with blooms that are white, yellow, or pink. Lilac cultivars range in hardiness from zones two through ten. While the bloom period of a lilac is only for a few short weeks, planting several different lilac cultivars together can make a bloom period that lasts up to four months.
One of the most common lilac cultivars is the purple lilac, or Syringa vulgaris. These lilac cultivars have bright purple blooms that appear in bunches around late May. Hardy in zones three through seven, these lilac cultivars have one of the most powerful fragrances emitted by any flower. They are commonly used for indoor floral displays and as centerpieces on a table. These lilac cultivars will grow easily in nearly any garden.
Another of the popular lilac cultivars is the white Persian. The fragrant white blooms on these lilac cultivars make them one of the most lovely and pure of all lilacs. Reaching four to six feet in height, these lilac cultivars make a wonderful foundation planting or garden border. These lilac cultivars are also hardy in zones three through seven. The fast growth rate makes them one of the most often requested of all lilac cultivars.
A third common lilac cultivar is the James Macfarlane. These lilac cultivars are among the most winter hardy, and can survive in areas as cold as zone two. They will grow to a height of eight feet, with a mature spread of from six to eight feet. These lilac cultivars bloom around two weeks later than the common purple lilac cultivars, and work perfectly when planted in masses with them. This will increase the total bloom time of these lilacs to up to three weeks.
Planting, Growing, & Caring For Lilac Bushes
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Lilac Plants & Flowers: All you Need to Know
Lilacs are a beautiful plant to grow, with big bunches of colourful flowers. In this short(ish) guide, you’ll learn the ins and outs of growing lilacs so you can enjoy them at home.
While the name lilac can refer to the genus of 12 species of plants in the olive family, when most people say lilac, they’re talking specifically of the common lilac, Syringa vulgaris.
This plant seems to have its origins in the middle east and was brought to Europe by the Ottomans. This lead many botanists to believe that it was native to the Balkan peninsula.
Eventually, it spread beyond the Balkans and can now be seen growing all across Western Europe and the United States, due to its popularity.
It was named in the 18th century by famed Swedish botanist and taxonomist Carl Linnaeus. The genus name Syringa is derived from the Greek word for pipe or tube syrinx (think syringe). The species name vulgaris comes from the Latin meaning common (think of the modern English usage of vulgar)
They’re often referred to as trees, which might seem correct enough since that is what they do resemble, but technically they’re considered large shrubs.
It might seem strange to see a shrub that grows 6-7 metres in height since shrubs are usually considered to grow low to the ground, but botanists do consider it to be a shrub rather than a tree.
Lilac bushes are considered quite fast growing as well, with typical growth rates being about one foot per year.
While their root systems tend to not grow deep, they do like to spread out from the bush quite a lot, so you need to be careful where you plant your bush. Some people have found that lilac roots tend to invade nearby septic tanks for example.
Lilacs are also known for their scents. While common lilacs that we are describing here are said to have an intense, almost spicy scent, other varieties have completely different scents. Love for them isn’t universal, with some people finding the scents of some species almost offensive.
Varieties of Lilac
In addition to the common lilac, there are several other species that people often grow.
One of the more popular species is Syringa meyeri, or the Korean Dwarf lilac. Rather than growing several metres tall, they grow to just over one metre, making them perfect for turning into hedges.
Another popular species is the Syringa Persica, or the Persian lilac. This is a hybrid plant and while it’s larger than the Korean dwarf, it’s still quite a lot smaller than the common lilac, making it very suitable for modern gardens.
One downside to the common lilac is that they only bloom once a year. So if you’re a fan of lilacs and want to see them bloom more often, you might want to check out a newer model such as the Bloomerang lilac, which was introduced in 2009.
How to Grow and care for lilacs
Growing Lilacs from Seeds
Can you grow lilacs from seeds? Yes, you certainly can. While the process itself is not too complicated, the biggest downside is that it can take several years to have trees that bloom. So this following method is really only for people who consider themselves hardcore green thumbs.
The first step is to soak the seeds in water for at least 12 hours to soften them and prepare them for the next stage.
Next, place the seeds in a bag along with some perlite and then refrigerate the seeds for a couple of months. This is to imitate the conditions during Winter so that the seeds are ready to sprout come “Spring”.
Now that “Winter” has come and gone, it’s time to plant the seeds in containers. Fill your container with seed-starting mix, plant your seed and then place the container somewhere where the temperature will be constant and not extreme.
After a month or so you should begin to see some signs of growth and once the roots begin to outgrow the container it’s time to transfer the seedlings into a bigger container. Once they grow large enough to plant (at least several inches high) then you can plant them in your garden.
This is quite a laborious and time-consuming process, so if you’re just interested in having lilacs in your garden then there are quicker ways to go about it.
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How to Plant, Grow & Care for Lilacs
If you’re not patient enough to grow lilacs from seeds, then growing them from a small plant makes a lot more sense.
The best time to plant lilacs is in either Spring or Autumn.
To plant them, dig a hole in your garden slightly deeper than the container that your lilac came in. Spread the roots out around the plant and then fill the hole with topsoil, watering as you go to keep the root system moist.
How far apart to plant them depends on the variety of the plant. The smaller dwarf lilacs can be planted about 1-2 metres apart, while the larger varieties should be planted about 4-5 metres apart.
A good rule of thumb is to take the expected height of the tree and plant them that far away from each other.
In terms of soil, you’ll need to make sure that your soil is well drained and contains plenty of nutrients. They typically don’t do well in clay soil, so you’ll need to do a bit of work if your backyard is full of clay.
As far as climate goes, Australian growers should generally be fine since lilacs grow everywhere without extreme temperatures either hot or cold.
Be sure to plant them somewhere that gets plenty of sun; six hours a day is preferable. Lilacs will grow in spots with less sun but they won’t bloom as well.
Speaking of blooms, if you’ve done everything else right then you can expect to see plenty of flowers blooming in mid-Spring, although other varieties bloom at different times.
Can you grow lilacs in containers?
Because of their sheer size and root systems that love their freedom, they can be hard to grow in containers or indoors. It’s possible to do so if your container is large enough and the variety is small enough, but generally, lilacs are considered too difficult to constrain in a container.
Caring for Lilacs
Lilacs are pretty hardy plants, but there are a few things you can do to keep them in the best shape possible so they bloom as well as possible.
To start with, each Spring add a thin layer of compost and mulch to help keep the root system moist. This also has the added benefit of keeping the ground free from weeds.
In Summer, if you live in an area that doesn’t get much rainfall then you’ll want to make sure that you water your lilacs regularly.
In Winter you can add a little bit of fertiliser if you want, but over fertilising will cause the plants to stop blooming, so you need to take extra care if you’re not confident in what you’re doing.
How (and when) to Prune Lilac Trees
Lilacs, like many flowering plants, require annual pruning to keep the blooms at a maximum. This is to funnel all the plant’s energy into the flowers rather than into creating more canes.
The best time to do this is in late Spring after the tree has bloomed.
When pruning, start by removing any dead wood and any small suckers that have appeared at the base of the tree. These suckers aren’t likely to become anything interesting and are only taking up energy that could be used by the flowers!
As long as your lilac is still flowering well, you don’t need to go overboard with the level of pruning. However, if it is not flowering the way it once did, a more severe pruning may be required.
If you find yourself with lilacs in this condition, the only way to revive the tree may be to cut the tree down much more. This does mean that it will be some time before the tree blooms again, but it may be your only option at certain times.
Deadheading is the removal of dead flowers throughout the blooming season and is something that can be done to improve the yield of the plant. That said, deadheading lilac trees really only seems to be beneficial if done early in the life of the tree.
Dealing with Pests & Diseases
As with almost any type of plant, dealing with pests and diseases is another thing to concern yourself with.
Fortunately, lilacs are very hardy and it’s unusual that a tree is completely killed by a simple pest or disease.
That said, there are a couple of things to watch out for.
Firstly, slugs and snails seem to have acquired a taste for lilacs, so if you notice these guys on your trees, you’ll want to make sure that you deal with them by using appropriate treatments.
Next, powdery mildew is a disease that affects lots of plants and lilac isn’t an exception. However, where powdery mildew can slow down the growth and even be deadly to certain types of plants, it won’t kill your lilacs.
It might be ugly, but it’s not serious enough to warrant any worry.
Q: Why won’t my lilac bloom?
A: The most common reason that your lilac won’t bloom is that you have over-fertilised it. Other issues could be lack of sunlight or poor soil conditions. Go through the above guide and make sure you’re following all the best practices to try and diagnose exactly what’s going on.
Q: How to stop lilac bushes from spreading?
A: The key to stopping lilac bushes from spreading is to get rid of the suckers. These guys are the ones that cause lilac trees to spread all over the place, so tearing them out of the ground will stop the spread for good.
Q: Are lilacs poisonous to cats?
A: No, lilacs are not poisonous to cats. Cats can be poisoned by lilies on the other hand. This is something too few people know about.
Q: Are lilacs poisonous to dogs?
A: No, lilacs are not poisonous to dogs.
Q: How long do lilacs bloom?
A: Lilacs will generally bloom for two weeks or so.
Q: Are lilacs poisonous to horses?
A: No, lilacs are not poisonous to horses.
Q: Are lilacs edible?
A: Lilacs are safe to eat for humans and pets alike, but they aren’t the best tasting flower, so you probably won’t want to add them to your cooking any time soon. That said, if you’re feeling a little creative, try adding some lilac flowers to your cooking and try it for yourself, you may find you like it.
Q: Are lilacs deer resistant?
A: Lilacs are considered deer resistant. This is not something our Australian readers need to worry about, but North American readers should note that it’s unlikely that deer will eat your lilacs as there are plenty of other plants they prefer to eat when food sources are low.
Q: Are lilacs and lilies the same?
A: No, lilacs and lilies are completely different types of plants. The way they’re spelled might make them look like they’re the same, but they’re different. If you saw a picture of each of them next to each other you’d never confuse the two.
Q: Are lilacs and lavender the same thing?
A: No, lilacs and lavender are not the same thing. It’s easy to see why people would confuse the two since their flowers are both a lovely purple colour, but that’s about where the similarities end.
Q: Do lilacs like coffee grounds?
A: Yes, lilacs do like coffee grounds, at least to a certain extent. Don’t use coffee grounds exclusively as compost, but making them part of a compost mix can work really well. Some coffee shops will offer customers their used grounds, so next time you’re there ask them.
Q: What do lilacs symbolise?
A: Lilacs are said to symbolise the joy of youth. No one is sure where this meaning came about exactly, but flowers have had a meaning of their own for quite a while.
Q: Are lilacs acid loving plants?
A: Lilacs do best when grown in slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil. So while I’m not sure you could call them “acid loving”, if your soil is slightly acidic then you should be able to grow lilacs without worry.
Have we missed anything?
That’s all we have for you right now. Did we miss anything?
If there’s something you’d like to know about lilacs, then let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to add it to the guide.
Is Lilac A Tree Or A Shrub: Learn About Types Of Lilac Trees And Shrubs
Is lilac a tree or a shrub? It all depends on the variety. Shrub lilacs and bush lilacs are short and compact. Tree lilacs are trickier. The classic definition of a tree is that it is over 13 feet tall and has a single trunk. Tree lilacs can grow up to 25 feet high and have a tree-like appearance, but their many stems tend to get them classified as bushes. They are not technically trees, but they get big enough that you can treat them as if they are.
Lilac Bush Varieties
Lilac shrub or bush varieties can be split into two categories: large upright and densely branched.
In the first category is the common lilac, a hugely diverse plant that comes in a wide range of colors and fragrances. This large upright shrub lilac usually grows to 8 feet in height, but some varieties can be as short as 4 feet.
Densely branched shrub and bush lilacs are specific types bred for lots of flowers in small space. The Manchurian lilac gets anywhere from 8 to 12 feet tall and wide, and grows in a very dense pattern that does not require yearly pruning and makes for showy flower displays. The Meyer lilac is another good densely branched choice.
Types of Lilac Trees
There are a few types of lilac trees that offer the fragrance and beauty of the lilac bush varieties, with the addition of height and shade.
- The Japanese tree lilac reaches heights of 25 feet and produces fragrant white flowers. A very popular cultivar of this variety is the “Ivory Silk.”
- The Pekin tree lilac (also called the Peking tree lilac) can reach 15 to 24 feet and comes in a variety of colors from yellow on the Beijing Gold cultivar to white on the China Snow cultivar.
It is also possible to prune the common shrub lilac’s many stems down to a single trunk to emulate the look of a tree.
Common Purple Lilac
Nothing beats the captivating scent of fresh Lilac in bloom. Lilac oils have been collected from the flowers and used in perfumes and lotions. Modern companies try to recreate the desirable scent for air fresheners and candles, but they’ll never top the real deal.
There is something so wonderful about having your very OWN Lilac shrub to welcome spring each year.
Nature Hills has one of the widest selections of Lilacs available, and we get calls every day from people searching for the old-fashioned Lilac. This is it!
Common Purple Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is one of the best Lilac bushes, and in fact, most of the selections get their roots from the Common Lilac. It was brought from Europe in the 1700’s and was bred extensively to come up with many new selections still being grown today.
The delightfully fragrant flowers are large and profuse, and they provide fantastic spring color. They are showy in the landscape and make knockout cut flower arrangements. You’ll create happy memories with this plant.
Lovely clusters of lavender flowers grow from the branch tips in mid spring. They make a wonderful contrast to the dark green, heart-shaped leaves.
This large, care free woody shrub has been a favorite for generations because they are so easy to grow. It is very hardy and can withstand really severe winters down to -40 degrees! Ancient Lilacs have been found growing around old farmsteads that are hundreds of years old.
The extreme hardiness of this plant makes it excellent for exposed windy locations in those cold areas. Include Lilacs in windbreaks and shelterbelts for color and fragrance.
You won’t have to worry about this plant! For the best results, plant Common Purple Lilac in well-drained soil in a spot where it gets full sun for most of the day.
This is a stunning choice as an accent plant, hedge or privacy screen in many places around your yard. Try pairing it with other Lilac cultivars to extend the season of bloom. For a colorful hedge, add pink, yellow, Persian and white Lilacs.
You’ll love it! So will neighborhood butterflies and hummingbirds. They’ll be drawn to your yard by the delicious scent and fabulous color.
Lilac is a wonderful addition to any landscape in growing zones 3 – 7 across North America. Order one from us today!
How to Use Common Purple Lilac in the Landscape
Give Common Purple Lilac plenty of room to develop into its full size. If you need a small Lilac, try Miss Kim or one of the more petite varieties. This one wants to grow into a wonderful rounded deciduous shrub for you.
This wonderful variety will look fantastic as a big, bold untrimmed hedge or screening plant in open sunny locations.
Plant a special specimen Lilac as a focal point near your windows and patio where they can be seen, smelled and enjoyed. You’ll adore the spring flower power and unbeatable fragrance that Common Purple offers!
Easily extend the height of an existing hardscape fence with a long row of these durable beauties. Or, use them in place of a new fence. Your neighbors and your pocketbook will thank you!
Plant Common Purple Lilac out in the open as a barrier between a roadway or to define your property with a large screen. Closer spacing makes a solid hedge or screen sooner, rather than later.
Plant them 3-4 feet apart (measuring from the center of one to the center of the next) for a tight hedge. We recommend buying the largest size we have in stock to get a jump start on your friendly, living Lilac fence.
Use them as front-facing plants in mixed windbreaks or shelterbelts. If you have lots of space to cover, you can space them out 4-5 feet.
When young, their growth is upright with thick branching to help block snow and wind. Eventually, they will grow into beautiful rounded plants. They’ll also easily soften the look of a mixed tree planting.
They are a great plant to use in a natural grouping in open lawn areas. Remember that an odd number of plants is most pleasing to the eye. Try a triangular planting or create a staggered row of 5 or 7 in a zig-zag as a backdrop to a mixed shrub or perennial border.
Apply mulch around the base of the shrubs and extend it out at least a few feet. You’ll want to give the Lilacs their own mulched bed to thrive in.
As you know, the real reason everyone wants this is for that amazing fragrance. Don’t forget to use one near your bedroom windows or along the garden path. You’ll want to enjoy that fragrance when they are blooming!
We honestly can’t think of a nicer housewarming present. Lilacs make incredibly meaningful memorial plants and can celebrate the birth or adoption of a child.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Give your new plants an even schedule of moisture to ensure a successful transplant. You can plant most any time from early spring right into late fall.
Just be sure to check that your soil drains well. If you see puddles in your planting site after a rain storm, you’ll want to “mound up” before planting. Simply add more soil in a mound that is 18 – 24 inches higher than your native soil line. Plant directly in that mound. Lilacs won’t tolerate wet soils, so give it a great start for the best success.
Don’t miss a spring bloom! Just follow these easy steps for the best flowering:
Any light pruning should be done right after the flowers are done blooming. It is very important to trim as the flowers fade because the new growth that follows makes the flowers for the next spring. Trimming too late can eliminate flowers for the next year.
Once your Lilacs have been growing for about 10 years, you’ll want to start a regular schedule of renewal pruning. After the blooms are fading, cut a few of the oldest, thickest branches right down to the ground each year. The younger, thinner branches remain and keep your plant vigorous and healthy.
Renewal pruning is great for your Lilac shrub. Removing the oldest growth lets the new branches take their turn. The youngest branches will produce the best bloom for you the following spring.
Plant your Lilacs where they get full sun for best bloom. Keep lawn fertilizer away from the roots, as high nitrogen fertilizers can make nice foliage but may not allow for best flowering.
If you live in deer country, you’ll be pleased to know that this “old-fashioned” Common Purple Lilac is not a preferred food for deer. However, you’ll want to spray with Deer Spray when you plant yours, just to remind Bambi that he doesn’t like the taste. Follow the directions on the bottle.
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