Lee Valley Tools Gardening Newsletter
Vol. 3, Issue 2
April 2008
 
Growing Lilacs
 


Hardy lilac shrubs
Hardy and easy to care for, lilac shrubs provide stunning blooms and heavenly scents.

Attractive and versatile lilacs provide a wide range of uses in the home garden, serving as border plants along with smaller shrubs, as corner plantings, as windscreens or as flowering hedges. These flowering shrubs display blooms that are among the most delicate of the ornamentals, yet the plants are among the most hardy. In fact, some varieties can survive winter temperatures of -60° F/-51°C.

Lilacs often continue to grow and flower for years, even when completely neglected. Normally, the only care they need is pruning to keep them within bounds. The plants range from 3'–30' in height, depending on the age or type grown; most remain under 10'. Their flowers can be white, violet, blue, mauve, pink, magenta, purple or variations of these colors. Depending on where you live and the varieties you choose, lilacs can provide color and fragrance from April through June.

 
 
                     
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