We are in the middle of fall and this is the time when you start considering what you want your garden to look like in the spring.  There are plenty of plants that bloom in the spring that need to be planted in the fall.  Lilacs are beautiful and fragrant flowers and when they bloom it is always a sign that summer is just around the corner.  Lilacs also grow better in areas that have distinct seasons and a winter freeze.  If you want to add lilacs to your garden but aren’t sure how to care for them then let us show you.

Origins of Lilacs

Lilacs are actually part of the olive family and the originally came from southeastern Europe all the way to eastern Asia.  That part of the world has a more temperate climate than most of the US.  Right here at home they grow better in the northern states where winters are colder.  While they will grow in the southern states they may not bloom.

Growing Lilacs

You will want to plant your lilacs in soil that is well drained and just a bit alkaline.  If you want to see the blooms in the spring then don’t prune your lilac bushes.  When you prune these plants the new growth doesn’t produce flowers.  They are fairly hardy plants but they can be prone to getting powdery mildew disease.  Lilacs need about 6 hours of sun but they do thrive in cooler but humid weather.  If you are planting your lilac bush then you want to do it either in the early spring or in the late fall.


When it comes to planting lilacs you need to remember that the small plant you put into the ground will quickly turn into a very large bush.  If you are planting more than one then you need to space them at least 10 feet apart.  You need to add mulch that is at least three inches deep and you can use wood chips or bark that will help keep the roots damp and keep you from running over them with the lawn mower.  Add fertilizer at least twice each year, do it in the spring and the fall.

Lilacs are beautiful flowers with a delightful fragrance.  They are said to symbolize love but they are more strongly associated with Easter since that is often the time of year that they start to bloom.  Lilacs are very low maintenance and you don’t really have to do much too have a vibrant healthy bloom each spring.