How to Care for Those Lovely Lilacs

Urban Gardens NYC

There's few things I love more than lilacs in the springtime. / Image: Peter Roome via Flickr CC There are few things I love more than lilacs in the springtime. / Image: Peter Roome via Flickr CC

“Now that lilacs are in bloom, she has a bowl of lilacs in her room.” – T.S. Eliot

It wouldn’t be springtime without the lovely aroma of newly blossoming lilacs wafting through the air. When I was growing up, my mother raved about this delicate, dreamlike plant – but we never were able to cultivate any at home. Instead, we’d go to local flower shops and arboretums, (or my grandma’s house) to take in the wonder of the lilacs. If you’re lucky enough to have lilacs growing near where you live, or if you have a large enough yard to grow a bush or two in, Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum has some wonderful tips to help you care for them.

Image: liz west via Flickr CC Image: liz west via Flickr CC

Here’s some things you should…

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