Enjoy lilacs longer with our mix-and-match matrix!

Love the haunting, sweet fragrance of lilacs but find the blooming season seems over before its started?

“With a bit of planning and attention to bloom time you can have flowers for at least two months each spring,” says Monrovia Craftsman, Lydia Gompper. “By planting early-, mid-, and late-season varieties that will blossom in succession (particularly if the weather is cool), you’ll be filling vases with cut branches of lilacs from May into June.”

Just mix and match from Lydia’s grid of short, mid-season, and later bloom lilacs, paying attention to zones.

For more information about designing, caring for, and pruning lilacs, click here.

Early (early-to-mid May)

Pocahontas Canadian Lilac
Zones: 2-9

Deep maroon-purple buds open to fragrant, deep violet blooms in early May.

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Bloomerang® Dark Purple Lilac
Zones: 3 – 7

Dark-purple beauty blooms in spring, then reblooms from mid-summer through fall.

Declaration Lilac
Zones: 5 – 7

Large clusters of deep reddish-purple flowers bloom early.

Mid-season (mid-to-late May)

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Chinese Lilac
Zones: 3 – 8

Refined shrub has wonderfully fragrant lilac-pink flowers that bloom in mid-May.

Charles Joly Lilac
Zones: 3 – 8

Gorgeous, deep wine red, double flower clusters are notably fragrant.

President Lincoln Lilac
Zones: 3 – 8

Large trusses of single Wedgewood-blue flowers with captivating fragrance.

Late season (late May to early June)

Dwarf Korean Lilac
Zones: 3 – 7

A dwarf, spreading lilac with reddish-purple buds opening to pale lilac flowers.

Ludwig Spaeth Lilac
Zones: 3 – 8

Heavily-fragrant dark-purple blooms come late, extending the season!

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Old Glory Lilac
Zones: 5 – 8

Grows well even in the heat and humidity of the Mid-Atlantic and southern areas.

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