There are few gardeners that do not have lilac bushes in their gardens and if you do not have at least one you should make room for one. The fragrance of lilacs are so sweet and strong that the breezes carry them throughout the yard.
As I was walking around in the back yard yesterday I could smell the fragrance of the lilacs which grow out front on the bank by the road.
I have two very large bushes that are about forty years old now. They were starts taken from off of the shoots of my Grandmothers shrubs which she had had for many many years. I loved smelling them while my cousins and I played outdoors at her home. So they always bring back fond memories to me when mine bloom.
Those starts I had gotten are now well over ten feet tall and about six feet or more wide. I allow some of the new shoots to grow that come up around them in the spring and summer so that there will always be new plants just in case the unexpected tragedy should happen to the old growth of the shrub. I never want for them to be totally lost.
The ice storm we had in 2008 broke many of the old branches off, but what branches remained pulled right back up after the ice melted and it bloomed beautifully the following spring.
I not only love their hardiness and fragrance but I love those light lavender blossoms that appear on my old fashioned lilac bushes in the spring.
Their sweet smell also attracts the pollinators like no other flower in my gardens. While they are in bloom they are swarmed by the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
No matter how well the chemist try to manufacture a duplicate scent for lilacs they can never get it to smell as good as the ones that grow in my garden.
The Lilac bushes are a very busy place with all of the pollinators vying for the blooms.
There are so many varieties of lilac shrubs now ranging from white, lavender, pink, yellow and even two toned.
Some newer varieties even bloom more than once during the spring and summer.
Lilacs can be trimmed after they bloom so you can keep them to a size to fit into your small garden spaces or maybe at the back of a bed where later blooming flowers can then fill in the space in front of them and take their turn to bloom.
With varieties that can be grown from zones 2 to 9 there is a shrub that can adapt to many gardens.
Think about getting a Lilac bush for your garden and draw in those pollinators to your flowerbeds and gardens.