How to Grow Amazing Lilacs can be to easy to do.
I like how fragrant lilacs when they are blooming in my garden.
How to Grow Amazing Lilacs
This is a simple guide for planting and taking care of lilacs.
Most lilacs keep coming back year after year for us to enjoy!
Did you see my article about How to Grow Amazing Roses?
That article is also a simple guide for your garden.
Both roses and lilacs are popular choices for gardens!
Finding the perfect lilac for your garden can be tricky. You can find a variety of lilacs to choose from here.
You may be wondering what do lilacs symbolize.
While lilacs are synonymous with the color purple, they do come in other colors.
Lilacs can vary in color from blue to white, with many shades of purple and pink in the middle.
Lilac flowers are sometimes categorized by their petals.
Because of their mid to late spring bloom, lilacs are often associated with love. Lilacs with four petals are referred to as single. Flowers with multiple sets of four petals are referred to as double.
People often ask where do lilacs grow best.
Depending on the kind of lilac, they can be grown in may locations.
However, like with most plants, some varieties grown better than others depending on the location.
The common lilac (and perhaps the most common lilac) is native to Europe.
However, these days it can be found about anywhere in the northern hemisphere, from the US to Canada.
What most lilacs have in common is blooming for most lilacs takes place in mid to late spring .
Tips for growing lilacs.
It can take a few years for lilacs to bloom after they are actually planted.
So, if you are planting a lilacs now, it can take some time to enjoy the blooms.
What you may want to know about when it comes to lilacs.
- Selecting lilacs for your garden.
- Planting lilacs in your garden.
- How to take care of lilacs.
- Blooming and enjoying lilacs.
- How to grow better lilacs.
How to select the right lilacs for your garden.
I always tell people to start by doing research. Consult with your local extension or garden center to find out what kind of lilacs grow best in your location. Also, ask about any special needs specific to your location when it comes to planting and taking care of your lilacs.
Here is what else to consider when selecting the right lilacs for your garden.
- Fully grown lilacs plants can grow from six to 15 feet, depending on the kind of lilac. Take this into consideration when choosing the perfect lilac for your yard.
- Lilac shrubs can generally last a long time and can withstand a variety of weather conditions. Mine have been around for 30 years and have withstood weather extremes along the way.
- Lastly, when selecting the best lilac for your garden, consider the flowers. The flowers come in different colors (not just purple!) and fragrance levels.
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How to Plant Lilacs.
Lilacs prefer full sun (six to eight hours a day). They also do better when planted in soil that drains well.
Take this into consideration along with the specific lilac plant that you have choses.
Here is what else you should know about planting lilac plants.
- Lilacs prefer a more neutral soil. That is, a soil that is not too acidic or alkaline.
- The hole that you dig for your lilacs should be large enough to contain the roots without compromising them.
- When planting your lilacs, be sure to use plenty of organic matter. You can also work in some fertilizer specific to lilacs as instructed on the packaging.
- After planting your lilacs, water them before covering the roots fully with soil.
- Plant lilac trees at least six feet away from another.
How to take care of lilacs.
The good news is that lilacs are fairly hardy and require little care.
If you mulch well around them, you will not have to water them as much as other plants.
Here are some more tips for taking care of lilacs.
- Refer to the instructions that were provided with your plant or from your local expert (university extension for example) as far as fertilizing goes. .
- Younger plants should not be pruned. Simply cut the flowers off after they are done blooming.
- Older lilacs can benefit from 'renewal' pruning- a process of pruning taller branches close to the ground (within a few inches). You should do the pruning only after the flowers have been spent.
How to use lilacs.
Because of their famous scent, lilacs have more uses than other plants.
Simply cutting blooms and placing them in water can both add color and fragrance to your home.
Here are some more uses for lilacs.
- Dry your lilacs to make floral arrangements.
- Dried blooms can be used to add fragrance to drawers or locations needing a bit of help.
- Also, Lilacs can be made into potpourri.
- Lilacs are edible! You can sprinkle them on top of a salad or dessert to make your food more colorful.
How to grow better lilacs.
Make sure that your lilac plants are getting plenty of sun. If you have other plants or trees planted nearby, you may need to trim them back so that the lilacs can get their sun.
Here are some more tips for growing great lilacs.
- After the flowers have fully bloomed, remove the spent blooms.
- It is a good idea to also prune the stems after the lilacs have bloomed on older plants. However, it is also important to not over-prune your plants.
- Fertilize lilacs is not always necessary. If you are in doubt, consult your local expert.