Lilacs West of the Cascades

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  1. Jane Garrison

    Jane Garrison Member

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    Which varieties of lilac do better in mild winter climates? I see nursery tags that claim good bloom and vigor, but I'm not sure if it's hype or true.
     
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    Syringa patula Miss Kim, or Korean Lilac does well. I've grown a couple of varieties of common lilac too, Ludwig Spaeth and Beauty of Moscow, but they seem to need liming regularly to bloom well.
     
  3. Jane Garrison

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    Thanks so much for the quick reply. All my books and catalogues didn't give me the information I needed. Thank you.
     
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    emery Generous Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Ludwig Spaeth blooms well in Normandie. Acid soil but I do give it wood ash.

    -E
     
  5. Jane Garrison

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    How exciting to get a response from Normandy! I will certainly check it out. People in this part of the world try to grow lilacs with a half day of sun (caused by towering trees) and no heat build up. My yard is that way, so I know what it's like. We have codes against cutting trees, so we try to get plants to bloom under miserable conditions. Vegetable gardens are a similar problem.

    I see that 'Ludwig Spaeth' is a vulgaris variety in a nice, dark color. I'll look into it. Thank you so much.
     

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