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Plant a Lilac Bush Today! 3 Reasons You Won’t Regret It

Today, I’m sharing 3 reasons I recommend planting a Lilac Bush. I accidentally planted one a few years ago, and I love them so much that I’ve been splitting the original plants and spreading them around my yard. Here are some of the things I’ve learned after discovering I had a lilac bush. For one thing, lilacs are so easy to arrange, so I’m sharing some tips for enjoying them inside your home.

First, I’m so glad I made that mistake because I love filling baskets full of these gorgeous blooms. I’m gathering as many as I can while they last.

How I Accidentally Planted a Lilac Bush

First, I have to fill you in on the back story. I had a landscape plan designed around our outdoor kitchen, and using that plan, I purchased and planted all the recommended items. Fast-forward approximately six years, and I cut some of the gorgeous blooms from what I thought was my Mystery Gardenia Plant. I made a beautiful arrangement and shared it on Instagram. I was quickly informed by real gardeners that those were lilac blooms and not mystery gardenia.

As you can see, I’m not a master gardener, but I know Google, and I did my research. Sure enough, they were lilacs, and I was in love. LOL

In my defense, I had never seen a lilac bush and, therefore, never knew about its wonderful fragrance. I also had no idea what a Mystery Gardenia looked like. LOL

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Reason 1 To Plant A Lilac Bush

The number one reason you want to plant a lilac bush is harvesting those beautiful blooms each spring. They are hard to beat for making a gorgeous floral arrangement. I have them all over the house and greenhouse.

My favorite bowl from The French Farmer’s Wife is filled with lilacs.
This rescued vintage ice cream churn looks lovely, filled with delicate blooms.
Nothing is better than a handmade basket filled with lilacs.

They Smell Wonderful

The second reason is that they have the best fragrance. They make the area around our outdoor kitchen smell wonderful, and when you bring them inside, wow. Right now, my whole house smells great.

Number 3 – Lilacs Are Easy To Care For

They are really easy to care for, and each year, they produce more and more blooms for you to enjoy. Here are a few things that have worked well for me.

  • Prune and shape your lilac bush immediately after the last blooms each spring. If you prune later, you will reduce your blooms for the next year.
  • A light pruning will prevent possible disease.
  • Never prune in the fall.
  • Don’t over-fertilize. A small amount in early spring will be sufficient but not mandatory.
  • Beware that lilacs can grow into trees. If your space is limited, consider a dwarf variety. I accidentally planted the dwarf variety, which is fortunate since my space is very limited.
  • You can easily split your lilac bush to spread the love around your property. See How to Split a Lilac Bush here. I now have 3 more lilac bushes and gifted two to friends, from these I split last spring.

The only negative about the lilac bush is that the blooms don’t last long enough. However, the bush has beautiful green leaves all summer long.

If you want expert advise on planting and pruning lilacs in your area, google has many detailed options and I found this great article.

YouTube Video

You can watch this video to see how I arranged the lilacs in a basket.

I love the look of lilacs in a basket, and the video shows how to make the arrangement while still nourishing the stems.

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Another Favorite Plant For Blooms All Summer

If you are looking for a plant that blooms all summer long, my favorite is Geraniums. With proper care, you will enjoy blooms from early spring until late fall. See Best Tips to Keep Geraniums Blooming.


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DeeDee Clark

Tuesday 7th of May 2024

I wish I could plant a lilac bush. I loved it when I lived in IL, but from what I understand, it’s too hot for them in Texas. I don’t remember the name, but I’m not impressed with what people here use instead.


Wednesday 8th of May 2024

DeeDee, Oh I didn't know they couldn't survive in a hot climate. They bloom early here in NC.


Tuesday 7th of May 2024

I've been looking for just the right bush at the farmhouse and this will be it! Thanks for the tips. Hope I can find a dwarf in white. Love the color of yours too. Gaaah! So pretty! pinned


Wednesday 8th of May 2024

Cindy, Thank you. Hope you find what you are looking for. White sounds lovely.

Ana Ochoa

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

I so wish we could grow these in SoCal!

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Friday 14th of May 2021

Ana, I understand they don't do well in very hot climates.


Monday 10th of May 2021

They are beautiful. We are planning an outdoor kitchen soon and I love the idea of one of these bushes.

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Monday 10th of May 2021

Oh you will love it.


Saturday 8th of May 2021

Here from Thistlekeeping. Lilacs are a longtime favorite of mine and look perfect in your charming home. The other thing I like about lilacs is the branch structure--even when all the leaves are off, I think they are pretty--and I find that the birds use them for cover--there, that makes two more reasons to love them!

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Sunday 9th of May 2021

Kris, Thank you so much for stopping by. Yes, the bush is a beautiful green for the yard after the blooms are gone. I hope you will keep checking back with me.