Reblooming lilacs - Which varieties are suitable for Maryland - Howard & Montgomery counties?

Asked April 15, 2017, 8:11 AM EDT

I have a "standard" lilac (Syringa vulgaris) in my back field (zip code 20832), though lately a gardening friend asked me about reblooming lilacs and when, or if, they should be pruned. I couldn't answer his question, as I've seldom pruned our extant lilac. Can you recommend whether any varieties of reblooming lilac may (or not) be suitable for our climates [mine, zip code above, his zip code 212029]? Thanks for your assistance.

Montgomery County Maryland lilac shrub

1 Response

Reblooming lilacs can be deadhead immediately after the first bloom. Prune to shape after bloom if needed.
There may be several cultivars of reblooming lilacs such as 'Bloomerang' available. They are hardy in your areas. The shrub begins reblooming in midsummer as new growth resumes and continues to bloom into the late summer and fall. The second crop of flowers is modest
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