Who doesn’t love the gorgeous clusters of flowers featured on a lilac bush? And the smell? Heavenly! If you’ve always wanted to grow lilacs but haven’t been sure of your ability, you’ll probably be surprised at how easy and low-maintenance they really are. Here are some of the how-to’s of growing your own stunning lilacs.
1. Choose a Location
Lilacs prefer soil that is fertile with humus, well drained, and neutral to alkaline. If you aren’t sure about your soil quality, add compost to improve it. Keep in mind that your lilac bush may grow from 5 to 15 feet tall — so be sure you have the space! You’ll also need a full-sun location if you want the best blooms. You can plant in spring or fall, but fall is usually best.