You know you want a Lilac
bush but which one ? Choosing Lilacs takes a bit of thought.
If you are thinking should I get the white or purple, sit down
you have a lot more to ponder.
First let's consider where in the yard are you going to put this
new shrub. A Lilac bush needs sun, a good eight hours or more
of direct sun is necessary to insure abundant blooms. So look
for an area in the yard that receives that much sunshine. An
open area with no other competing trees is best for a large Lilac
plant. A Lilac bush can get 12-15 feet tall and that wide also.
Large stature Lilacs grow quickly there is no need to over plant
them or to put two or more Lilac bushes together for a quicker
fuller look. Plant them at least ten feet apart for specimens.
A hedge could be planted a little closer together.
Now maybe you
don't have a lot of space or want your Lilac bush a little closer
to the house or Gazebo. No problem try choosing one of the mid
sized varieties like Miss Kim, one of the Palilbins or the Chinese
There are dwarf Lilac plants that grow slowly to three to five
feet. These can be planted in flower beds and even as foundation
Is a strong fragrance a must ? Choosing a Syringa Vulgaris cultivar
or a Syringa Hyancinthafolia will get you the most true Lilac
scent. The later blooming Syringa Prestoni and Japanese Lilac
Trees are fragrant but different than the old fashioned scented
Lilac bush. The Later Lilac plants are usually in bloom time
with perennial Roses.
Almost all Lilac
plants need a cold rest of dormancy but there are a few California
varieties that do well into the warmer zones 7 and 8. If you
live in Zones 2-7 you may choose from any of 100's of Lilac plants
in cultivation today.
In addition to purple, there are shades of lavender, orchid,
and blue Lilacs. Yellow and pink Lilacs have become very popular
and the white Lilac will always be in fashion. There are early
midseason and late blooming cultivars. Choose one or two from
each bloom time and you could be seeing and smelling Lilacs for
about six weeks in the Spring.
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