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It was extremely important I got a healthy plant with a guarantee and Grimm’s delivered that piece of mind and satisfaction to me. Someone took extra care and put love into growing this lilac. It it about 2.5 feet tall, thick and as bushy as a little plant can be. Would buy over and over.Rhonda from VT
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Lilacs are one of the most well-known and widely grown shrubs in American landscapes. Lilacs may have been brought over from Europe with the pilgrims and planted in their gardens. The first documented planting was in 1750 in New England. The common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) hails from Eastern Europe, primarily being cultivated in France. Most of the other lilacs that we grow come from Asia such as the Meyer Lilac, the cutleaf lilac, and the Japanese tree lilac. Despite their origins, lilacs have become synonymous with American landscapes. You can go to almost any old, decaying farmstead throughout the Midwest and find a clump of lilacs still there, often planted by the kitchen window or near the outhouse.
Finding lilacs to grow is a s easy as walking into your local nursery or garden center and asking for them. From the tall common lilac, to the rounded dwarf Korean lilac, they are everywhere. With over 100 cultivars in today’s market, it can be hard to select a variety for your garden. There have been selections made for flower color, fragrance, flower size, petal count, and disease resistance.
Lilacs can be planted in many different soil types, being tolerant of heavy clay soils. They are drought tolerant, and attract a wide variety of pollinators. Be sure to plant them where air can pass freely around them, they are susceptible to powdery mildews. They are also attacked by lilac borers, so be sure and watch for holes near the base of the stem. Despite these issues, lilacs are rarely killed by insects or diseases.
Pruning should be done after the blooms fade, either taking the plant to the ground, or just trimming down to desired size. Lilacs bloom on old wood, meaning the growth they put on the previous year is what they bloom on (with the exception of ‘Bloomerang’™). If you prune late in the summer or fall, you may be cutting off the flower buds for the following year.
All lilacs prefer full sun, but some can take part sun and still set good amounts of flowers. The blooms are great for cut flower arrangements in the spring. They are very fragrant. The flower petals can be steeped and used to make tea or jelly. The flowers are edible, making lilacs useful for edible garden design. They can be planted as hedgerows, used for foundation plantings, put at the back of large beds, or used as a specimen depending on cultivar. Most species have yellow fall color, but the dwarf Korean Lilac turns orangish in the fall.
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