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Outdoor Plants

All About Lilacs

April 24, 2020 3 min read

Have you ever walked outside on a warm spring day to be greeted by the sweet, floral fragrance of lilacs? Nothing wholly welcomes spring like this aromatic shrub! The lavender-hued blooms on lilacs also enchant butterflies and bees to your garden.

If you are thinking about planting a lilac in your outdoor space, here’s our guide with care tips and varieties to look for at our garden centres.

Tip: plant it near walkways or windows to be greeted by their fragrance!

Care tips for Lilacs

Lilacs need at least six hours of direct sunlight to produce a show-stopping display of flowers.

Plant in an area with good drainage, lilacs do not like soggy roots. If you have heavy sand or clay, try adding compost before planting.

You can plant in either spring or fall. After planning, you should water lilacs at the soil level two to three times a week. Adjust your watering schedule according to rainfall or drought conditions. Mulching around the base of the plant will prevent weeds and help retain moisture.

Lilacs bloom on old wood; therefore, you should prune after flowering to maintain shape, if necessary.

Explore Varieties to Plant

There are many different types of lilacs you can add to your outdoor space. Whether you are looking for a traditional lavender-hued shrub or something unique such as a white flowering lilac, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you are looking for.

Common Lilac

One of the all-time favourites, this extremely aromatic variety makes a statement in mass plantings, hedges or mixed with other shrubs.

Common Lilac


One of the more unique lilacs, the flowers have deep purple-red flowers edged gracefully with white trim.

French Hybrid - Sensation Lilac

Maiden’s Blush

Pinkish-purple blooms cover this lilac in spring, earlier than most lilacs. Great as a low hedge planting or planted in clumps to create a fragrant display.

Maidens Blush Canadian Hybrid Lilac

Madame Lemoine

Not all lilacs are created equal. Fragrant, showy white flowers contrast boldly against blue-ish green foliage.


Dark purple-magenta flowers flourish in an oval, upright habit in late-spring. The dark green foliage turns to burgundy bronze in autumn.

Beauty of Moscow

Fragrant pale pink double flowers cover this lilac. It has upright growth, and the flowers have a panicle shape that is great for adding height in your garden.

Lilac Beauty of Moscow

Proven Winners Bloomerang® Reblooming Lilac

This series of re-blooming lilacs from Proven Winners will display tiny, delicate, fragrant flowers in spring and then in mid-summer. They are disease resistant and have a neat, rounded shape that looks great in any style of garden.

Bloomerang® Dwarf Purple
Bloomerang® Dwarf Purple
Bloomerang® 'Pink Perfume'
Bloomerang® ‘Pink Perfume’