Lilacs: A Spring favorite


“Still grows the vivacious lilac a generation after the door and lintel and the sill are gone, unfolding its sweet-scented flowers” ~ Henry David Thoreau
While lilac shrubs provide a good deal of privacy in the garden, they are mostly grown for their enchanting fragrance. Many grow as tall as 15 feet! Lilacs may be purchased at most nurseries, but before you buy one, ask your friends and neighbors if they have any saps from a lilac that they would be willing to give you. Yes, it will be small at first and will take a few years to establish itself, but it will be free.
How to Grow Lilacs
Plant Lilac bushes in the spring or the fall.
  • Pick a sunny spot in your garden.
  • Dig a hole and add fertilizer.
  • Place the plant in the hole, being sure to spread out the roots in the hole.
  • Cover with soil and water.
  • Lilacs bloom on old wood, so prune right after blooming.
Benefits of Lilacs
  • Attract butterflies
  • Easy to grow and care for
  • Heavenly scent
  • Excellent cut flowers
  • Used for treating wounds and fever

Lilacs generally bloom in late spring and early summer, but some varieties will bloom mid-summer and the fall. I have an ever-blooming lilac, and it blooms all summer. If you see one of these at a nursery, grab it! It will be gone the next time you visit the nursery. Ever-blooming lilacs have become immensely popular for their scent and color in the garden throughout the summer.

Happy Gardening!


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