Lilacs and the Josee Reblooming Lilac
This deciduous shrub is very often used for landscaping because it forms into a natural fence.
We will look today at some basics about lilacs before checking out a very specific type, the Josee reblooming lilac.
The common lilac is known as Syringa vulgaris. Lilacs are actually members of the olive family Oleaceae. This flowering plant grows most naturally in hilly regions with plenty of rocks.
Lilacs will grow anywhere from 2m to 10m in height depending on conditions.
In the spring, they give off masses of blossoms with a very distinctive scent.
The individual flowers are actually pretty small. They all grow together in clusters, though, and the impression is a striking blanket of white, pink and lilac hues.
The lilac hails from the scrublands and woodlands of southern Europe and southeast Asia.
Nowadays, you’ll see lilacs growing almost anywhere with a temperate climate.
You’ll see the lilac from October through May.
It starts to flower in the spring.
Bear in mind that if you are bringing on lilacs from seed, you’ll need to be patient. It might take several years for the first flowers to come good.
There are 20-25 species of lilac which is from the genus Syringa. The olive family, of which its a member, also contains plants like jasmine and privet.
Here are some handy hints when it comes to planting lilacs…
- Choose soil which is fertile and well-drained. It should also be rich in humus and alkaline. A pH near 7.0 is ideal. You can always add some compost or fertilizer if your soil needs a helping hand
- Lilacs don’t like too much water so make sure that any site you choose for growing them drains well. If you overdo the water, your lilacs won’t bloom
- Make sure that your lilacs can get full sun. They need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day for best results. Again, you will encounter problems with blooming if they struggle for sun
- You can plant in spring or fall but it’s definitely best to opt for spring
- One great way to kickstart some lilacs in your garden is to use suckers. Suckers are offshoots of the root system of an old plant. Dig a hole and backfill it. Throw in your sucker and water thoroughly. In just a few years you could be rewarded with a huge bundle of fragrant lilacs
- You should space out your lilac shrubs from 5 to 15 feet apart depending on the variety of lilac in question
On now to a specific dwarf variety of this bewitching plant…
Josee Reblooming Lilac
Now that we have taken a glance at lilacs in general, how about the exotically-named Josee reblooming lilac?
Read on for some more information about this dwarf lilac capable of flourishing for longer than the regular variety.
Source: Jung Seed
This dwarf lilac produces wonderful flowers either alone or when used to create marvelous, natural hedges and borders.
As the name would suggest, Josee reblooming lilac is a repeat bloomer so you won’t be limited to a single showing of flowers.
If you plant multiple Josees, you can attract a wide range of butterflies into your garden which is always a bonus.
This plant is very cold-hardy and also tolerates the heat surprisingly well.
After blooming in late spring, you can continue to enjoy your lilacs right through until the first frosts.
The flowers are pink when in full bloom.
The Josee prefers loamy, alkaline soil. They dislike too much water inkeeping with all lilacs.
They flourish under either full sun or partial shade.
Spacing and Size
Mature plants grow 4 to 6 feet tall and up to 5 feet wide so they are pretty substantial shrubs.
Space them nicely at around 5 feet intervals to permit maximum growth.
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