I love the look and smell of lilacs this time of the year, but have some
questions. The ones I usually see around here (Midwest USA zone 5) are very
sparse at the bottom. Is that the way they are supposed to be? I would
like to plant a row about 20 feet from the house, but I don't like the look
of the ones I see when they are not in bloom. Is it because the ones I have
seen are not pruned correctly or is this the way it grows? If it is
supposed to be bushy at the top and thin at the bottom, what would be some
good shade plants to help cover up the bottom?
Thanks for your help
You might be happier with some of the miniatures. I have two in my yard
that are only about 5-6 feet high, and they bloom just as nicely but
with limbs much lower to the ground so they look like any other bush
when not blooming.
On the other hand, I have one clump of lilac that now reaches the roof
on that side of the house and spreads a good ten feet on each side of
the main trunks and there is nothing like being underneath it when it is
blooming. In the summer it forms a wonderful cool green cave.
I think it's all in the way you grow and prune them. If prune th
oldest stems to the ground and allow some suckers to grow to replac
the oldest stems, then your lilac will stay fuller. It can take a ne
sprout 5 to 7 years to bloom. Also, prune the tops within two weeks o
the finish of bloom or you will prune off next year's buds. Don'
fertilize with a fertilizer high in nitrogen. Lilacs prefer a mor
alkaline soil, so if you have acid soil, add a cup of lime around th
base every couple of years. Here's some interesting sites abou
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