White Lilac – Adding to Garden Enjoyment

April 13

Have you ordered something new for your yard or garden this year?

These are blooms on my white lilac bush that was my “new plant for the year” about 4 or 5 years ago.  I can’t remember where I got it, but it may have been White Flower Farm although I don’t see it on their site.

They are pure white and the smell is divine!  Too bad I can’t include the smell with the pictures.

Since I want to keep this bush small I prune it immediatelyafter the flowers are finished to insure that I have bloom next year. (If you prune in the fall you will loose all or most of next year’s bloom.)

I read that lilacs bloom the best if they have a balance of new shoots and older stems. Evidently the goal should be to have between 8 – 12 stems of various ages, but all between 1 – 2″ in diameter.

If you have not ordered something wonderfully different that you don’t have or haven’t tried yet, I hope you will.  It will add a lot to your enjoyment of the garden.


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  • I’ve a question about the white lilic. I did a google image search to identify a friend’s shrub which looks like lilac, smells like lilac, grows like lilac, but the bloom clusters are like small, white round poofs, not conical in shape as other lilacs I have seen. I am 95% certain this is lilac, but… What do you think?

  • I’m not an expert on lilac Maureen. Just one who enjoys them. But to add a little humor — if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck — it probably is a duck.

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