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Growing a gorgeous lilac bush starts with selecting the right variety and planting healthy plants. At Gurney's, we're gardeners and have a long history of selecting the best varieties for home gardeners and then delivering them to our customers. Lilac bushes for sale from Gurney's offer some of the best genetics for fragrant blooms, lush foliage and ease of growing. We take care to offer healthy plants that will perform beautifully for home gardeners.

Explore Our Collection of Lilac Bushes for Sale

Explore the vibrant selection of lilacs available from Gurney's, perfect for enhancing any garden space. Choose from a variety of colors and sizes, each carefully bred to thrive and provide beautiful blooms year after year.

Why We Love Lilac Bushes

  • Eco Champions: Lilacs support local wildlife and boost garden biodiversity.
  • Naturally Hardy: Deer-resistant and drought-tolerant, they're garden tough.
  • Enchanting Aroma: Their incredible fragrance captures the essence of spring.
  • Seasonal Spectacle: Brief but brilliant, their blooms are a springtime highlight.
  • Centuries of Charm: Some lilacs thrive for over 100 years, blooming annually.
  • Artistic Inspiration: Celebrated in poetry and paintings from Whitman to Monet.
  • Nature's Forecasters: Their blooms can hint at the summer weather to come.
  • Symbol of Strength: As New Hampshire's state flower, they embody resilience.

Find the Perfect Lilac Variety for Your Garden

Each type of lilac brings its own special allure. The Common Lilac for example, has vibrant purple blooms and a sweet fragrance, which makes it perfect to plant in traditional gardens.

The Dwarf Korean Lilac offers delicate pale lavender flowers and a compact growth habit, perfect for small spaces. If you are looking for lilacs that stand out, the Primrose lilac reaches a standard height of 10 to 15 feet and spreads 6 to 10 feet wide. It stands out with its unique yellow blooms, which exude the classic sweet lilac scent.

Our collection at Gurney's also includes the Congo French Lilac for sale, which is a striking variety known for its deep, wine-red flowers that almost appear purple. This lilac typically grows between 8 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide, making it a robust addition to any garden. The blooms are not only visually appealing but also highly fragrant, offering the strong, sweet scent lilac bushes are loved for.

No matter which lilac variety you choose, rest assured that Gurney's offers high-quality lilac bushes perfect for any occasion and suitable for various garden spaces.

How to Select the Right Lilac Bushes & Shrubs

When selecting the right lilac bush for your yard or garden, keep a few things in mind. First, lilacs grow best in locations that receive plenty of direct sunlight and in soils that are well drained. Next, select lilac varieties that grow in your grow zone. Because they're cold hardy plants, some lilac varieties do not perform well in the South. You'll also want to consider how you plan to use your lilac. Lilacs can be planted as a single bush or grouped together to form an informal, flowering hedge. Choose a lilac bush that will mature to the right size. Some can grow up to 15 ft. tall or taller--while others are dwarf varieties. Finally, consider the flower colors. Thanks to modern breeding efforts, colors other than purple are now available.

Tips for Planting Lilac Bushes

With a little planning and proper planting, your lilac bush should provide beautiful blooms, fragrance and foliage for years. The key is to properly site and plant your lilac. Once growing, lilac bushes are low maintenance shrubs and may only require a light pruning every few years. Planting lilac bushes is like planting most shrubs. You must select a proper site, dig a hole large enough to accommodate its roots and water it regularly.

How to Plant Lilac Bushes

If planting a bareroot lilac bush, soak the roots in water for about 15 minutes. Whether planting a bareroot or potted lilac bush, dig a hole that is wide and deep enough to accommodate the plant's roots. Fill in around the roots with soil that is rich in organic matter.

When to Plant Lilac Bushes

Lilac bushes can be planted in either the spring or the fall. If planted in the spring, make sure to water the bush about once a week throughout the summer.

Where to Plant Lilac Bushes

Selecting an adequate site for your lilac bush is important. Lilacs need direct sunlight (at least six hours per day) and well-drained soil. Make sure your lilac has enough room to grow without being crowded by other shrubs or trees. Avoid planting under the drip line of a roof or under overhangs as well as too close to a foundation.

How to Grow and Care for Lilac Bushes

Lilac bushes are easy-care shrubs. In the spring, spread a slow-release fertilizer along the drip line of the bush. Some gardeners also remove spent blooms. Lilacs do prefer good air circulation, so you'll want to provide the bushes with plenty of space.

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