"I am in sc, zone 7 close to the mountains. I bought some lilac bushes a couple of years ago. I was unaware that they needed some freeze time to encourage blooming. I have read that they bloom on three year old wood. So hopefully, if I'm lucky I…"
"I miss my lilacs, we just moved to Jacksonville, NC from CT and I bought 6 Crape Myrtle for the front yard to make up for the lilacs, but I will miss that lovely smell come spring. We may move to Lenoir, NC in the future, does anyone know if the…"
"When I moved to Texas 37 years ago from Wisconsin was told Lilacs need to be frozen back every year. Since we do not have the bitter cold they will not grow. I find Crepe Myrtle a good substitute for the flower look but they do not have the smell…"
"I can't get any to bloom. I live in Shreveport LA and have tried
numerous times, as they smell like a bit of Heaven! I will follow
this in hopes of finding out some info too, so thanks for asking
I grew up in the south and midwest and I LOVE lilacs. Everything I read seems to say they won't bloom in zone 8 (which is probably why they aren't available in any of the local nurseries.) Does anyone know of any type of lilac which will flourish in zone 8?
a kitchen garden, fruit trees, and a koi pond into a Japanese flavored garden? I'm still designing on paper, and I think I have a viable concept, but I certainly could use some input. We have a 48 x 25 foot area in the back yard, and while I am cutting a small amount out for a doggie potty area (my niece is a dog trainer who says that they can be trained to go in one little corner) and another little bit to be a composting area and garden tool storage, most of it is going to be garden. The area…See More
"Thanks Linda. Interesting that your garden gets full sun most of the day. We have so many big old trees that most of our garden is shady or partly shady. I always want to plant more flowers that love sun, but I have no place to put them."
"I wish I could plant the Astilbes in masses Clare but we have sun most all day in our garden. I did manage to put two in and one is blooming and the other isn't. Oh well we shall see what happens love seeing all of you flowers & garden.
"Clare that was my first thought Black widows I can handle almost anything but spiders! Love your bird house and it is so much fun watching the birds feeding their young. We have more Wren's in the winter time have not seen any lately so enjoy!"