In a world full of colorful plants and endless landscaping options, it can be hard to select the perfect plant for each space. This spring, the decision is easy. Plant lilacs. They offer springtime blooms with sweet fragrance to enliven your landscape. Lilacs are great for attracting pollinators like butterflies. To help with the selection process, our plant experts have compiled some of their favorites.
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This dwarf Proven Winner variety provides fragrant purple blooms that do not fade. As a dwarf plant, it provides excellent displays of flowers in a compact shape and does not require pruning. It reaches a mature height around 24 to 36 inches and spread of 30 to 36 inches and can be grown in Zones 3 – 8.
Miss Kim offers late spring blooms in a stunning deep purple. It grows to a mature height of 6 to 7 feet and spread of 5 to 6 feet. Another feature we love is the hardiness this variety provides. With an excellent resistance to powdery mildew, Miss Kim can be planted in some southern regions including Zones 4 – 8.
Bloomerang® Dwarf Purple
Perfect for small spaces, Bloomerang® Dwarf Purple offers incredible blooms and fragrance at a fraction of the space. This reblooming lilacs offers purple blooms in late spring, summer and fall. Only prune after the spring bloom. It is an excellent Proven Winners shrub offering a mature height and spread of 30 to 36 inches. Grow this lilac in Zones 3 – 7.
Ivory Silk Lilac Tree
This beautiful lilac grows as a tree. It offers white flowers, sweet springtime scent and reddish bark. Ivory Silk is great for an accent or background plant in Zones 3 – 7. As a large tree it reaches a mature height of 15 – 25 feet and spread of 10 to 15 feet.
The best time to plant lilacs is in the early spring and late fall, so don’t miss your opportunity to add one of these versatile plants to your landscape.
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