Lilacs are beautiful trees that come in white and shades of purple. They are mostly known for their lovely fragrance. If you have a lilac bush, you are a lucky person. You might be wondering when lilacs are in season and how to care for them properly.
Lilac season is usually from middle to late spring. However, there are early-season, mid-season, and late-season varieties of lilacs. If you plant plants of all types, you can enjoy blooming lilacs for up to six weeks. Lilacs produce small flowers that grow in bunches.
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When Are Lilacs In Season?
Lilacs commonly bloom in spring. In America, lilacs will grow best in Georgia, Kansas, North Dakota, and New York. Because lilacs originated in Europe, they require a cold winter to grow and bloom correctly. There are, however, different varieties of lilacs that will bloom at other times of the season.
Charles Joly is a lilac variety that usually blooms slightly early. It has double magenta flowers and can bloom for up to four weeks, depending on how it is pruned and cared for. Prune the Charles Joly lilac immediately after blooming to encourage more flowers in the next season.
Monge lilacs will bloom in the middle of spring. This lilac variety has pinnacles that grow up to nine inches long and are covered with single, purplish-red flowers. The Monge lilac blooms for three to four weeks, and these flowers make for excellent flower arrangements.
Miss Canada lilacs are late-blooming lilacs. Miss Canada lilacs have tubular, single, rosy-pink-colored flowers and can bloom for two or three weeks. Miss Canada lilacs have a sweet scent and will make a beautiful flower arrangement.
Donald Wyman lilacs are another variety that blooms later in the season. This variety has single, pinkish-purple flowers and a sweet scent. It is a low-maintenance shrub that is also hardier than other lilac varieties. For this reason, Donald Wyman lilacs can grow in areas with warmer winters.
All the lilac varieties produce beautiful, sweetly scented flowers. By planting more than one variety in your garden, you are assured of a more extended and more diverse flowering season. Lilacs do well in full sun or partial sun areas with well-drained soil. They need to be watered regularly during the summer.
As the seasons get colder, you should water your lilac less frequently to ensure it goes dormant and can survive the cold winter. If the lilac does not go dormant before the frost, it will not flower next spring or flower poorly.
How Do You Plant Lilacs To Make A Hedge?
Lilacs are densely growing shrubs. Therefore, they are perfect for raising a hedge or natural border. Typically, lilacs should be planted ten to fifteen feet apart. However, if you want to create a fence with your lilacs, they need to be spaced about six feet apart.
You can start your lilacs in one of two ways: transplanting lilacs bought at a nursery or planting a sucker or offshoot.
How To Plant Lilacs From A Nursery For A Hedge
If you bought a lilac shrub at the nursery, it will either be sold as a ball wrapped in a burlap bag. Or it will be sold in a pot. Lilacs prefer to have at least six hours of sun per day and must be planted in fall or spring.
If the lilac is wrapped in a burlap bag, remove the covering and any rope. Then, spread the roots slightly and place the lilac into the ground, ensuring the hole is deep enough to cover all the roots. You must then water the lilac and fill it with topsoil. Planting lilacs from the nursery is quicker to get the lilac to start growing and making a hedge.
How To Plant Lilacs From An Offshoot For A Hedge
If you can get an offshoot or sucker from someone, you can use this to start your hedge as well. Dig a hole, put your sucker in, water it, and wait. The sucker will look frail initially, but within two or three years, it will start producing flowers and form a hedge.
Growing a hedge or natural border using lilac is a long process. However, if you wait patiently, the results will be worth the wait as you will have a beautiful and lovely scented hedge.
Can You Make A Lilac Bouquet?
Although lilacs might not immediately make you think of a bouquet, they can be used to create a simple but elegant arrangement. With lilacs, less is more, and the flowers are often arranged with a simple string or lint tied around them.
To make a bouquet of lilacs, you need scissors to cut the lilac flowers from the shrub. Be sure to cut enough flowers so that you can select the best ones. It is best to cut your lilac flowers early in the morning while the weather is still cool.
- Once you have cut your flowers, remove any foliage that will fall below the vase’s waterline or the ribbon.
- Cut the lilacs vertically to help them absorb more water.
- Place the lilacs in a bucket filled with water and leave them in a cool area for a few hours to absorb some water and help the arrangement last longer.
- When you are ready to make your arrangement, cut the lilacs at different lengths, placing the longer pieces in the middle and shortening the flowers at the ends. This will help to give your arrangement more shape.
- Place the arrangement in a vase or tie it with a ribbon as a gift.
You can also force a lilac to bloom during the winter by cutting a few branches off the shrub. Bruise the ends of the branches and place them in water. Spray the branches with water frequently and leave them in a dark place until they bloom. You can then move them to a lighter area to display the lilac flowers.
How Can You Use Lilac Flowers?
If you don’t want to use your lilacs solely for arrangements, there are many other ways to use lilacs.
You can freeze lilacs in ice cubes. Lilacs are edible and will give your water or iced tea a beautiful finish and floral taste.
You could also sugar your lilacs and use them on top of cakes. Spray the lilacs with water and roll them in sugar. Lilacs make impressive and elegant cake toppers.
You can also infuse honey with lilacs. Simply place a lilac branch in a jar of honey and allow it to infuse for a few weeks. Lilac honey is excellent on toast or even in tea.
You can also infuse witch hazel or rose water with lilac to make your own toner. Then, apply the mixture to a cotton ball and wipe it over your face.