This morning, I'm enjoying the intoxicating fragrance of lilac blossoms in full bloom. No cottage garden is complete without them.
Lilacs are misunderstood. They're long-lived and low maintenance ~ getting along fine without extra watering and fertilizer.
I used to be afraid to snip the blooms. Then I discovered that lilacs don't know when to stop caring for their own flowers. The bushes send energy and nutrients to flower stems all summer long.
Do yourself, and the bush, a favor. Picking the flowers re-energizes the lilacs. You'll get lots more flowers next spring.
If you've ever woken up to the fragrance of fresh lilacs on your nightstand, you know that a vase filled with these spectacular blooms can re-energize you, too.
Popular to 8,000 feet altitude
- Syringa x persica 'Persian' Lilac
- Syringa x chinensis 'Chinese' Lilac
- Syringa vulgaris 'Common Purple' Lilac
- Syringa vulgaris alba 'Common White' Lilac
- S x prestoniae 'James MacFarlane' Lilac
- Syringa meyeri 'Korean Dwarf' Lilac
- Syringa x prestoniae 'Royalty' Lilac
- Skiing and snowboarding on the 4th of July
* For most flowering shrubs and trees: when in doubt, wait to prune until after you've enjoyed the flowers.