Best perennials for planting with lilacs
Unpretentious lilacs, which seem to become more beautiful from year to year ... It is unlikely that at least one garden can be imagined without these bushes. Classic or more modern, lilacs fill the garden with aromas, dynamics and volume. They are suitable for a variety of design tasks and are equally good in hedges and at the gate, above the recreation area, in the alleys and flower beds. Fortunately, there are cultures that can grow well even next to lilacs actively producing shoots. In this article we will talk about them.
- What plants can be partners of lilac?
- Picturesque lupins
- Tender tulips
- Magnificent daylilies
- Grassy peonies
- Shady Lilies of the Valley
- Groundcover survivor Ayuga
- Accommodating host
- Geichera and Geycherelli
- Other suitable partners for lilac
What plants can be partners of lilac?
Lilacs are inimitable and universal in everything - in the sphere of use in garden design, in their unpretentiousness and endurance, according to a variety of stylistic possibilities. But nevertheless, according to one parameter, it is difficult to rank them among the best garden shrubs. Lilacs are not so grateful and “livable” partners.
When planting alone or with large trees and shrubs, there are no problems. But if it comes to the design of decorative compositions and beautifully flowering groups, the creation of flower beds and flowers, the design of the front garden, then it is not so easy to find partners for lilacs.
Different lilacs are considered more or less difficult for the selection and planting of partners from among perennials and medium-sized beautifully flowering shrubs. Indeed, capable of developing in the form of a single-stemmed or multi-stemmed tree, lilacs and their species, which fill the space and give an active shoot, create completely different conditions for partner plants.
Not everyone will be able to get along with lilac invaders, but only the best of partner herbaceous perennials that can adapt well to changing conditions. And such favorites, oddly enough, can be found even among your favorite beautifully flowering perennials. True, you need to look for them among plants with specific talents:
- among perennials that can grow independently and create landscape spots and beautiful arrays;
- among stars that tolerate shading;
- among crops blooming before blooming of the main mass of foliage of lilac or simultaneously with it;
- among the best showy flowering soil protectors.
Meet the best partners for any closer lilacs.
Lupins (Lupinus) today at the peak of popularity. These watercolor, surprisingly colorful and such hardy perennials will make an excellent tandem with lilacs. Lupins spread well and grow, they have beautiful palmate foliage and multi-colored ears of inflorescences. In fact, the lupins themselves can cope with the task of spreading under the lilacs and create spots where they penetrate. At the same time, their beneficial effects on the soil will only benefit lilacs.
Lupins can be selected in such a way as to create a “lower tier” of flowering under the lilacs, up to the choice of variety mixtures with the dominance of the same color shades as the lilacs - lilac, lilac, pink. Shading each other and at the same time calling each other, they will create a surprisingly picturesque picture and such a pastoral landscape from which it will be difficult to tear your eyes away.
Selecting varieties and types of lilacs with different flowering dates, you can create a relay race from early lilacs to middle and late varieties, as well as May-June flowering of lupins.
If you are looking for a beautifully flowering plant that would bloom before, during and after flowering lilacs, would create beautifully flowering accents and allow you to play on paints almost indefinitely, then the ideal spring choice is tulips (Tulipa).
The bright flowers of these onion stars look great in the near-trunk circles of lilacs. Tulips against the background of the main shrub seem miniature and even more elegant, and their joyful character reveals itself near the lilac as well as possible. The choice of tulip varieties also allows you to choose both early, middle and late varieties, create a composition with a very different style, character and timing for their decorativeness.
But there is a partner for lilacs and much larger - magnificent daylilies (Hemerocallis) They bloom much later than the main shrub, but they glow and shine under the lilac, creating as if two additional “levels” - a lush turf of narrow and bright leaves and soaring inflorescences.
Thanks to daylilies, lilacs will not seem boring for the rest of the season. And the effect of horizontal stripes or tiers creates additional optical illusions in the compositions.
Feel good under the lilacs, or rather, along the outer edge of their trunk circles, and grassy peonies (Paeonia) Like daylilies, they tolerate scattered partial shade well. Large and massive inflorescences of peonies hide the space and make the lilac itself visually less massive.
Glowing brightly against the background of trunks and lilac greens, grassy peonies balance the influence of a large shrub and compensate for its volume, as if they intercept the baton and continue to bring classical motifs and watercolors to the composition.
Shady Lilies of the Valley
Among shade-loving plants that can fill the soil even in the most unfavorable places, it is difficult to find a more touching and delicate decoration of the garden than lilies of the valley (Convallaria) Their inimitable bell inflorescences shine and sparkle everywhere. And under the lilacs they will also look inimitable. But the main thing is the ability of lilies of the valley to grow and spread, filling the soil with a surprisingly elegant canopy of bright large leaves.
As a rule, when planting under lilacs, lilies of the valley bloom even more abundantly than in “ordinary” places (if they don’t want to bloom at all, such a partnership will solve all these problems). And it’s unnecessary to talk about how fragrant trains from low lilies of the valley and tall bushes of lilac are combined. This couple of some of the most fragrant garden crops is beautiful from all points of view.
Groundcover survivor Ayuga
Among soil protectors with a completely different character, it is worth noting the shade-tolerant Ayugu survivor (Ajuga) This is a spectacular and very unpretentious groundcover, which, unlike its more sun-loving competitors, is not inclined to grow and does not require constant care and control.
Spectacular blue inflorescences are just a nice bonus, because the main thing in the tenacity is its inimitable dark leaves with a purple tone. Ayuga perfectly copes with the task of filling the gaps between stones and plates, but it looks no worse both on a larger area and as a plant covering the soil between the trunks and the shoot of lilac. And her ability to keep attractive leaves even under the snow conquers an increasing number of gardeners.
If you are looking for a more effective partner, suitable not only for the natural style, but also for regular gardens, then it is worth remembering the ability of Hosta to get along with any shrubs. Choosing compact varieties, the main advantage of which is not flowering, but leaves, you will create an ornamental pattern under lilacs or arrange structural accents. And the very luxurious foliage of hosts with different color effects looks great in any environment.
Geichera and Geycherelli
Among the best decorative and deciduous perennials suitable for decorating flower beds with lilacs and filling the trunk circle, we can safely name heichera (Heuchera), and heicherella (Hybrids × Heucherella) These spectacular plants with velvety carved leaves and a varied color in shades of green, metallic effects and colorful spots and veins create a luxurious background. And in the company of such a giant, like lilacs, they seem almost precious.
These are the best candidates for designing the foreground and landing in mixed compositions, perfectly contrasting with other perennials and allowing to make compositions with lilacs more stylistically expressive.
Partner Shrubs for Lilacs
Partners for lilacs in the garden are not limited to grassy perennials. You can find a good neighbor among the suitable ones among beautifully flowering shrubs. Such an addition will make it possible to create a more magnificent visual center, balance the lilac itself and visually harmonize it with grassy partners.
Great candidates for planting along with lilacs are:
- white-bordered derain (varieties Cornus alba) with its variegated leaves and elegant crown, which seems to glow and shine in the company of lilacs;
- mocker (Philadelphus) with its no less fragrant flowering, graceful shoots and unpretentiousness;
- red leaf barberries (atropurpurea form and varieties Berberis thunbergii, Berberis vulgaris), which even after lilac bloom will allow the couple to look like a color spot, because they are very decorative, regardless of the season, compact shrubs.
Use as a partner for lilacs even manage roses, but such a partner is suitable only for lilacs that do not let root shoots or for which they set screens to limit the growth zone. Yes, and roses will have to be placed so that they do not remain in the shade, that is, from the sunflower side.
And in your garden lilac grows with which partners? Tell us about them in the comments to the article. Perhaps it was about them that we did not remember.