Have a fenceline or border that could use a screen or line of thick shrubs? Plant the Purple Lilac. Next to the American Rose, Lilacs are America's 2nd favorite flower! And this is for some very good reasons...
The Lilac, is in the Genus Syringa, which is in the Oleaceae (Olive) Family. In the natural world, there are about 28 species of deciduous shrubs to small trees, native to Asia, extending into southeastern Europe. Today, there are hundreds of hybrids planted all across the United States, from Zones 3 to 9.
What attracts most people to the Lilacs, are the large blooms of flowers called a panicle. These showy and fragrant panicles consist of many individual flowers, that can vary from white to dark purple, and almost an infinite number of shades in betwe
Lilacs have been planted in the United States since the colonial times. They are very hardy, so they are planted in lines as hedges and screens, as well as for visual ornamental design. Lilacs can grow at a medium-fast rate, with two feet a year as being commonplace. With reasonable care, perhaps they can grow faster. Plant them 4 to 6 feet apart when used as a line. Give them a moderate amount of water, and a well-drained soil is preferred. The Lilacs prefer full sun, but they can handle up to half shade without any problem too. Aphids seem to be the biggest pest in the garden, but that is easily controlled with a wide variety of chemicals found at any garden shop
The Lilacs are typically shrubs that can vary from 6 to 12 feet in height, but the Japanese Tree Lilac can reach 30 feet. With selective trimming, these taller Lilacs can become a spectacular flowering tree!
This season, we offer the Japanese Tree Lilac, and the Common Purple Lilac. Why just these two with all of the beautiful hybrids to choose from? Our expertise are the fast-growing trees, and we try to promote true species and less of the hybrids. Perhaps later on, we will grow more types, we do enjoy them, but our favorite is the Common Purple Lilac. The Purple Lilac can be planted across most of the country, from Zones 3 to 9, and it will grow up to about 15 feet tall. The flowers nice and fragrant, so this is the shrub of choice!
How to grow these. Simply stated, these grow best in moist well-drained fertile soils with full sun. Most soils can be alright, but plenty of water and some added fertilizer will improve their growth and survival. If your soils are rocky, heavy clay, or very sandy, then add compost or other materials mixed into the planting spot. Planting instructions are included with each order, or can be read on the Nursery webpage.
For at least the early part of next season, we will have the Purple Lilac and the Japanese Tree Lilac. We sold out of these early last year, and the Purples were gone in late Spring. Just something to keep in mind...
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