Common Lilac Bushes
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Common Lilac bushes are a great way to add fragrance,
colour and texture to your garden.
They come in a range of different coloured
flowers from the common purple flower to white, pink or a bluish colour and also
purple with white edges.
Lining a few of these bushes along the edge of your
property would make a great hedge or you could grow one in the corner of
your garden to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Pruning Lilac Bushes
Pruning your bushes right after it is done flowering
is a good way to keep them the size you want them to be. You don’t want to
wait too long as the flowers for next year start to develop around July so you
would be cutting off next year’s flowers if you wait until August or later to
When pruning your bushes don’t forget to check around
the base for any offshoots or suckers. These can easily be cut
off or you can wait until they are about a foot tall and carefully dig them up
and give them to friends and family members.
One of the best things about these bushes is cutting the
flowers off and bringing them into the house to fill the air with the beautiful
Uses in the Landscape
You can use this shrub in many ways around the landscape
- cut the flowers to bring the fragrance indoors
- stand alone specimen
- as a hedge along a fence or along the house
- grow it in a large container on your deck or patio
- as a screen to block out unsightly scenes
Common Lilac Varieties
These common lilac varieties listed below are considered mid
to dwarf size because they don’t grow as large as most other varieties.
Miss Kim (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim')
This slow growing, upright
Miss Kim Lilac will grow to about 6 to 8' tall and wide, which could get
bigger with age. It pinkish coloured flowers bloom later in spring to extend
the fragrance of spring and has great fall colour with a burgundy tinge to the
Dwarf Korean (Syringa meyeri 'Palibin')
Growing only 4 to 6' tall
and 5 to 7' wide, this Dwarf Korean Lilac with its pale purple flowers will
look great planted as a low hedge along a walkway or as a standalone specimen plant.
Tiny Dancer (Syringa vulgaris 'Elsdancer’)
4 to 5' tall and 3 to 4' wide, this Tiny Dancer Lilac will tolerates road salt, and is
cold and heat tolerant. It’s also disease, pest and mildew resistant.
Maiden's Blush (Syringa x hyacinthiflora 'Maiden's Blush')
An early bloomer, this upright, rounded shrub has panicles of fragrant pale pink flowers.
It can grow 6-8' tall and wide and considered one of the best pink blooming lilacs.
Sensation (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation')
Growing 10' tall and 6' wide this mid season bloomer is a must have for lilac lovers.
Purple flower clusters edged in white attracts wildlife to your gardens.
Add a splash of white to your garden with these beautiful white panicles flowers on this common lilac from mid spring until early summer.
Grows to about 10' tall and wide.
Primrose (Syringa vulgaris 'Primrose')
Pale yellow panicle clusters of blooms is a favourite amongst gardeners.
Growing 9' tall and 11' wide, it will be stunning when in blooming.
Adding a common Lilac bush to your yard will add fragrance,
colour and character, and they are one of the least favoured plants to deer, so
unless the deer is starving they will leave it alone.
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