Guess what y’all, Lilac’s are blooming in my yard and I didn’t even know I had planted a lilac bush. I found out they were lilacs a few years ago and now I think they are my favorite flower.
Today I’m sharing 3 Reasons I recommend planting a Lilac Bush even if it’s by accident. I love them so much that I’ve been splitting the original plant and spreading them around my yard. Here are some of the things I’ve learned after discovering I had a lilac bush. In addition, 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 a 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 recommend items. Fast forward, approximately 6 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 their wonderful fragrance. I also had not idea what a Mystery Gardenia looked like. LOL
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Reason one 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.
They smell wonderful
The second reason is 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.
You can watch this video to see how I arranged the lilacs in a basket.
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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.