New Lilacs Are Repeat Performers

Bloomerang Repeat-Blooming Lilac

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 Purple
  • Bloomerang Dark Purple

    Bloomerang Dark Purple
  • Bloomerang Pink Perfume (The most recent, first available in 2016.)

    Bloomerang Pink Perfume

 

 

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