Too often, we plant for emotional reasons instead of choosing things that'll thrive in our gardens. I adore old fashioned lilacs, and have a large number planted at my house, but if you stopped over, you'd be hard pressed to find them. That's because even when it's in bloom, a lilac is not a dynamite looking plant.
Tending towards powdery mildew, with a penchant for getting super leggy and needing oodles and oodles of sun, I'm always steering people away from old fashioned lilacs for their homes and towards the more dwarf cultivars like #Syringameyeri
'Paliban' or #Syringapubescens
'Miss Kim' – both of which have lovely spring flowers, a pretty scent and foliage that's attractive all year long.
However, if, like me, you're stubbonly set on having #Syringavulgaris
to cut for the house, find a spot for them where they're not in your face for the rest of the year. .
Mine are in the back 40, so I have to go on an expedition to pick them, but I'm don't have to fret over their lack of leaves all season long. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also, if you're living on acid soil, like I am, don't forget a yearly application of ashes (not if you burn Duraflames silly, then you need to put down lime) as lilacs like things more alkaline.
Oh and don't crush their stems with a hammer. That's old, bad, advice – new thinking says slice up the stems towards the blooms to split them at least 2-3 inches high. And change their water daily!
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