Lilac hedge

We planted 5 lilacs yesterday, extending our lilac hedge on the east property line another 20 feet. We purchased 4 at the fabulous Fedco Tree Sale; the fifth was a sucker from our existing white lilac hedge on the west property line.

We planted the original part of the east-side hedge in 2002 to hide our neighbors’ dilapidated old garage. That hedge consists of mostly Syringa prestoni cv. James MacFarlane lilacs and a couple of old fashioned purple lilacs started from suckers. The MacFarlane lilacs which are a later blooming pink with a lighter scent than s.vulgaris lilacs serve to extend the season, and are a fast growing, suckering lilac perfect for hedging.

I prefer the old fashioned s. vulgaris lilac, so chose that for the remaining hedge. The trick will be to keep it well pruned to promote flowering and control the height. Lilacs set buds in August so pruning should be done before then, and spent flower heads should be clipped to promote flowering in subsequent years, although it is not necessary for flowering. I rarely manage to get it all done in the right time frame, but when I have the results were spectacular.

Lilacs make a great hedge for old New England houses, as they are relatively carefree yet gorgeous and I can’t think of anything better than a huge bouquet of lilacs scenting a room.

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3 Responses to “Lilac hedge”

  1. Julie Says:

    My MIL has an old lilac bush that has lived several places (she dug it up and took it with her when she moved!). They do smell beautiful!

  2. Kim Says:

    Just came across your blog, looks great. I will be back to read on! We are from Maine too!

  3. Twinville2 Says:

    Ahhhhhh…Mmmmmmm the smell of beautiful lilacs. I have fond memories of them from when I was a child.

    I know yours will be so gorgeous!

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