Old-fashioned lilacs will never be replaced by new, young upstarts. Old-fashioned lilacs are like comfortable old grandmothers. We like them just the way they are.
Old-fashioned lilacs and their unmistakable fragrance bring back memories of plucking little bouquets to take home to mother on the walk home from school. We’d mix a few dandelions in for good measure. So we needn’t tinker with good memories.
But there’s a relative newcomer on the lilac block that’s well worth planting. It’s the series by the Proven Winners plant brand, and they’re called Bloomerang Lilacs. The boomerang-sounding name is catchy and appropriate, because these lilacs return for more than just spring blooms. They repeat their flowering spring, summer and fall.
Here’s the scoop on Bloomerang Lilacs:
- The first of the series was introduced in 2009. Bloomerang Lilacs have received excellent reviews.
- Key features – their compact size, repeat bloom and fragrance.
- They’re considered dwarf – growing to a height and spread of 4 to 5 feet high and wide.
- Their size makes them well-adapted to smaller landscapes and tight areas where traditional lilacs are too massive.
- Growth habit is a rounded mound shape.
- They’re fully winter-hardy in zone 3 into zone 2, like all lilacs.
- Bloomerang Lilacs have their heaviest flush of flowers in mid-to-late May. They rest in June and begin blooming again sometime in July and continue until frost. Summer/fall reblooming is best when temperatures are cooler.
- Individual summer flower panicles might be smaller, but nearly every branch is covered in blossoms.
- Butterflies find the summer blossoms very attractive.
- Flowers are fragrant.
- Foliage is neat and clean, with resistance to powdery mildew and other leaf diseases.
- They’re deer resistant.
- They begin flowering consistently at a young age.
Growing Tips for Bloomerang Lilac:
- They bloom on “new” wood, meaning they can be pruned, and will still flower the same season as pruning.
- After the heavy spring flush of flowers, lightly prune the lilac to encourage a flush of new growth, to encourage reblooming.
- “Deadhead” to remove old flowers as they wither, so energy is conserved for rebloom.
- Fertilize with a tree/shrub fertilizer as spring growth begins, and continue until July 4, following the directions of the fertilizer you’ve chosen, either granular or water-soluble. This fertilizer is important to stimulate and support repeat flowering.
- Locate lilacs in full sun.
There are 3 cultivars within the Bloomerang Series:
- Bloomerang Purple
- Bloomerang Dark Purple
- Bloomerang Pink Perfume (The most recent, first available in 2016.)