Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lilacs for Small Yards

With a small yard, choosing smaller varieties of trees and shrubs makes sense.  At this time of year, there's nothing more heavenly than the scent of lilacs permeating the air.
The dwarf 'Josee' was hard to find but has paid off with sporadic blooms all summer after the first flush in spring.
She's part of the butterfly garden out front that contains host and nectar plants.
'Bloomerang' is a well known variety from Proven Winners and one I grew on trial before it went on sale to the public.  I sigh when I look at it as the trial shrubs arrive in a 4 inch pot and are pretty small specimens.  Here you see 4 years growth.
The flower appears similar to 'Josee' and when mature, there will also be more flowers throughout the summer.
 Above is 'Palabin' just starting to open as you can see from the buds below.  Behind is 'Miss Kim' and they are situated right beneath the kitchen window over the sink.
 'Miss Kim' blooms a few days later and here she is in all her glory last year.
'Miss Kim's' flowers are a delicate shade of pink.  
I do have 2 other lilacs not shown, one is 'Beauty of Moscow' ordered last year from a mail-order nursery and it doesn't have flowers yet.  It will be a full size shrub.  And, the other is a mystery.  Three years ago when a group of garden writers met for a tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens, we were all given a lilac from the dell that had lost its name tag.  Mine has yet to flower to determine the variety but we were told we could have something rare and valuable or a common lilac.  The leaves on mine are definitely not the common shrub so I wait patiently to see what I have.
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26 comments:

Beth said...
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Beth said...

Hi Judith, I adore lilacs! They just smell so good! I'm sure you are enjoying yours. Spring is a wonderful time, and you are absolutely right: Life is Good! I am SO blessed; I am so happy; Life is GOOD! Isn't retirement grand?!!!?
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Brenda said...

Hi, Judith. I was just checking out your past posts of all your lovely flowers and shrubs. What an AMAZING variety you have and SUCH AWESOME COLORS! They all look so unique and I love them every one. You have quite the GREEN THUMB! And I LOVE your little garden. It was a pleasure visiting you today.
Take care,
Brenda

Sall's Country Life said...

The lilacs are all beautiful, but especially gorgeous on your lavender blog background! Miss Kim was a real show piece! I would love to find a Josee so I could plant it at my beloved dog,Josie's, grave site!!

podso said...

A bloomerang lilac sounds wonderful. To have it come back again in the summer .... I wonder if the fragrence is the same ...

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Judith: How exciting when you can see what kind of lilac you have. Yours are just beautiful. I will need to get one that flowers more than once. I'm going through withdrawal now!!Happy Wednesday..Judy

daisy said...

I wish I could smell your flowers! Love the color of them, as I'm partial to blues/purples.
Enjoy your lovely blooms!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

soo lovely, Linda! i am a TOTAL Lilac Lover :) and can only imagine the fragrances you have wafting thru that kitchen window! EnJoY!
and let us know when that mystery is revealed?!.. exciting..

kitty said...

Oh Judith, I love lilacs and can just about smell them from your post. We grew them in Ohio and Michigan, but I've never seen one here in Texas :( I imagine it's too hot. Hope you have a great week.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Lilacs are so beautiful and smell so good. I have been thinking of planting one in my small yard. So I was glad to see some that are smaller.

Fishtail Cottage said...

Wow ~ your lilacs are so delicate and pretty! i tried one of those in my garden (reblooming) but it never rebloomed...so i pulled it up and re-homed it with a friend...& of course its blooming all summer w/her! lol Thanks for sharing these over here at Fishtail Cottage's Garden Party! you've inspired me to maybe give it another try! xoxo, tracie

Linda said...

your lilacs are beautiful.. My daughter bought a new home with a small yard. I gave her Boomerrang (sp) for Mothers Day. Mine was from a nursery was over two feet tall and in bloom .I have the standard lilacs and I trim the bottom branches and make mine into trees. thank you for the lovely pictures.

Cozy Little House said...

I've never had lilacs, but they are so romantic and old-fashioned.
Brenda

Olga said...

How beautiful! I didn't know there are dwarf varieties of lilac. That's what I need for my small yard.

EG CameraGirl said...

The new lilacs truly are beautiful!

Annmarie Pipa said...

i love everything about lilacs!! I wish they would bloom all yr!

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

I adore lilacs so much. We have a large bush and a dwarf one in our yard!! They make me happy!!!!!!!!!!

Jacqueline said...

That's what I need - some of the smaller lilacs. I wish they stayed all summer. There isn't a nicer aroma.

Zuzu said...

Thank you, thank you, Judith, for this beautiful and informational post! I just googled "dwarf Josee lilac", and discovered that it grows in zones 2-9, so it would do well here! :)
I wish to grow not only native wildflowers, but small bushes and a few favorite perennial flowers in my foundation garden. This lilac would be the perfect - and I love that it reblooms!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Bev said...

Love Lilacs...

Tootsie said...

I adore Lilac...can just drool over your post today!!!
I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I always feel so privelaged to know that inspiration is just a click away when need a bit of a boost for my spirits! It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...landscaping and ideas that all the participants share, and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I have shared your post today with my facebook page for Tootsie Time. I hope you will link in again soon!
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Rebecca said...

I love lilacs! When I'm looking for flowers for my garden I'm always drawn to them. I also love them on old millinery hats. My favorite vintage bloom, too!

xoRebecca

awal.ny said...

Oh how beautiful and they must smell so.....good. I was not lucky with my lilacs this year. Maybe it's time to move them to a better spot.

denise said...

Hi Judith! You are right they are the 'bubble gum pink' color flowers! I love all your beautiful lilacs, especially the Miss Kim. Denise

My Little Home and Garden said...

I was given a very small lilac last year that is covered in blooms. My older, large lilac has nothing but dried up buds this year. And so it goes.

janice15 said...

I love lilacs Mom has a big tree but these sound great ...would like to find out more about them or even if they have them in this part of the world...Happy Memorial Weekend..with love Janice

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