HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Barb from Thomaston, CT
Have this in front of my condo with perennials and shrubs, beautiful flowers intermittent throughout the season. Loves some bloom food during the growing season. Needs a light prune to keep it in shape, can prune anytime and it will grow and rebloom.
Tanya from Merced, Ca
I live in the San Joaquin Valley in Califoria where our temperatures range from an occasional 25F in the winter and a week or 2 at 110F in the summer. Our house was newly built and the backyard had zero landscaping with 2-3 ft weeds. The soil is hardpan clay which does not drain at all and my plants can become waterlogged when it rains a lot. It is rock hard when dry, literally needing a pickaxe to break it up. Considering the soil, I didn't have high hopes that the plants would survive, and I debated back and forth whether I should throw my money in and try them. I ordered 3 Bloomerangs in March or April of 2010. If I recall right, I didn't receive them until the fall. When I received them, they were about 6 inches tall. I dug a hole and mixed a bunch of sand and Amend in, hoping to make a more welcoming home in the hard clay. By spring of 2011, the Bloomerangs seemed to be doing well.....until my daughter moved back home, bringing a large German sheppard with her. He liked to dig. A lot. I found my bloomerangs in various loacations around the yard, roots towards the sky, far from where they had been planted. One looked like the dog had used it as a chew toy. So I replanted them and explained to the dog that they were off limits. They seemed to have survived the trauma. Except a month later, the dog did it again. One landed in the pond and was completely submerged for a day. I didn't have much hope for them at this point, but decided to try moving them around to the front of the house so the dog couldn't get them again. Amazingly, they all survived and 3 years later look stunning. These are hardy little plants considering the trauma they endured and our temperatures. They put on a great show in the spring and pause for a few weeks, then start blooming again in June and keep blooming until the first frost. They were still blooming at Thanksgiving this past year. I LOVE them and absolutely recommend them!
Grandma Josie from Cranston, RI
Purchased as soon as advertised. Had to wait until the following year because they sold out. It was well worth the wait. We had an especially cold, snowy winter and this lilac couldn't wait to burst forth with it's many bubs. I love it!
Bob the Gardener from Gloucester, MA
After reading two recent negative comments, I wanted to tell folks that in the spring of 2010 we finally received our 3 Syringia Bloomerang. They were sold out the year before, so we had waited patiently for these. When they arrived, they were not much to look at, and I was a bit skeptical and worried. But, we followed the directions, watered regularly, and they grew amazingly well! They leafed out quickly, bloomed all last summer, and smelled great. We cut them back after the first blooming, and that made them grow thick and bushy by the fall. This past winter of 2010-2011 was one of the worst in memory by the sea in Massachusetts, and many of our shrubs and trees were damaged by Nor'easters. Not these 3 wonders! This spring they started growing where they left off, and now they are full of blooms and almost 3 feet tall! We have them along our driveway, spaced each under a window of our new bedroom addition. The scent of lilacs wafts into our home day and night. We'll trim them back again in July and let them keep growing to 4-5 ft. height eventually. A 5-star plant.
novice gardener from Decatur, Alabama
I planted this little beauty two years ago. It came with blooms but not much smell. We had a very mild winter here in the south in 2011, it just kept its blooms. Grew during the very hot spring and summer and fall months. Luckily we had some sort of winter last year. Early in march I saw some blooms again, and now it is in full bloom. I go out there and run my hands on the blooms, smells wonderful.Love love this plant!
Plant Syringa in full sun (S. laciniata varieties are the exception and will perform well in partial shade). Immature lilacs produce flowers with lighter coloration; it may take 4–6 years for their true color to show.
All Lilacs require well-drained soil with pH close to neutral. Add lime if your soil is extremely acid. Fertilize once, in early spring, with a light application of an organic seaweed extract, fish emulsion, or slow-release fertilizer. Prune as necessary after bloom in spring.
S. vulgaris varieties are prone to powdery mildew, which generally appears in late summer. Mildew disfigures the leaves to varying degrees, but seems to have little effect on the vigor of the plant.