Lilacs are dope. They smell like heaven and come in an array of colours from lilac (doi) to white to deep purple. As long as they have some sun, lilacs are extremely easy to grow.
Syringa vulgaris (latin lilacs sound like the most intense opiate baselining junkies) can be deciduous shrubs or trees. They have cone shaped, loose, branching cluster fucks of flowers called panicles, blooming in early and late spring.
Lilacs will grow 2.5-4 metres in a life span of 10-20 years.
Lilacs are avid tanners. They like a good spring sunshine blast. Not enough sun and she's not gonna show you her bloomers.
They aren't too fussy about wind though, so that's cool. More options for planting spots.
SOIL & WATER 💦
God love the lilacs for not being high maintenance batches. These fragrant princesses are ok with almost any kind of soil. They'll take loam, chalk, sand and clay. BUT, just make sure that your soil is moist and well drained (if you've read any other Floral Fridays you'll start to see a trend here).
When talking PH, lilac's aren't hanging out with Lucy in the sky with diamonds. Keep your soil alkaline or neutral.
Don't forget to dead head. No, this doesn't mean go grab your tie dye tee, smoke a bowl and connect to Jerry Garcia's immortal soul, it means that when your lilac has finished flowering it won't drop it's flower skeletons on its own. If you don't remove them, in the following spring, a potential new, fresh faced flower won't bloom there cuz there's an old rotted body in its way. Clean the skeletons out of the lilac closet to make way for fresh meat.
In the early spring, cut that bitch right back. Some trees and shrubs respond well to big hair cuts so don't freak out. It can really help to keep your tree from getting too big for its britches. Also, your flowers will stay within arm's reach.
Remove excessive suckers that spring up. These are spindly little dudes that are vying for their spot in the limelight. They can really clusterfeck the base of your lilac and divert energy from creating more blossoms. Take these guys out at the base. And while you're there, take out old, dead wood. You can tell it's dead if you can just snap it off with a bit of pressure.
ALSO! If your lilac is too tall or crazy out of control, lilacs respond quite well to renovation pruning - which is basically when you massacre a tree or shrub by cutting most of it off. You may not get any flowers that spring but the following year will be awesome.
Oh yah, did I mention they make great cut flowers? They'll last just under a week and perfume an entire room.
Enjoy getting acquainted with your Syringa.