In my world, lilacs evoke memories like nothing else in the garden. The end of school is what what comes to mind for me.
I have a specific memory of all of us first-graders bringing little bouquets for Mrs. Tews and filling her desk with them. Everyone needs a lilac bush in their yard. True, they can take up a lot of space, but their upright canopies can actually create a lovely little living space beneath for a patio or shade garden. Let’s take some time, take a tour and celebrate the lilac. She is a fleeting mistress of beauty in the garden.
French or common lilac
- 12 — 15 feet high at maturity, with nearly that in width
- Highly fragrant
- They require full sun to bloom in full splendor
- Tolerant of most soils, but require good drainage
By the way: Deadheading the spent, somewhat unattractive blooms does not encourage next year’s blossoms and is not worth the effort.