I found Lilac ‘Bloomerang Purple’ on sale in mid-summer so just “had” to bring the poor orphan home to install in a bright sunny part of the front garden. The soil there is reasonable but slightly shallow (means I do provide some summer irrigation) but the plant is also mulched heavily.
Lilac ‘Bloomerang’ Image from Proven Winners. Never looked like that for me unfortunately.
This is a dwarf, reblooming Lilac that should grow 4-5 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide at maturity.
The blooms are purple, a bit thinner than the French Hybrid Lilacs and produced twice a year. Yes, this is a reblooming Lilac.
Hardy to USDA 3, this plant should produce two blooms a year if you follow the directions. And the most important one is to understand it blooms on “new wood”.
So prune it immediately after the normal spring blooming to encourage new wood and new blooms later in the summer.
I note there are reports of single blooming in northern areas but I’ll have to reserve judgment on that until a year or two.
First year 2011 – I planted this shrub in June from a container-grown plant. Roots were acceptable on this 2-gallon shrub.
Growth was “open” meaning it produced 5 shoots that were not thick and bushy. I allowed it to grow pretty much as it wanted to in order to evaluate the plant. It did produce a set of blooms in late summer that lasted a good long time (at least a month) that were fragrant (not as fragrant as a French Lilac but good)
In the fall, I did not prune it but left it sit as it had grown. The intent is to see what blooms are produced next spring and then begin pruning to encourage the shrub to thicken up. (by cutting all shoots back by at least half)
So that’s where it sits after the first year. Blooms were open, purple and fragrant but I hadn’t expected anything (so this was a good surprise) 🙂 Growth was open but again, no pruning in the first year was done. This will all be changed in year two.
Bottom line – optimistic I can produce a good looking lilac that blooms for a long time and reblooms. I’ll report further over the next year or two.
Summer 2012. It does indeed give two distinct blooms and the pruning is the key here. You need to cut it back immediately after flowering is done. Good shrub. Light fragrance and open blooms (not big like the French lilacs) but still worth growing
Spring 2013 I pruned this shrub hard last fall cutting it back to 24-30 inches tall, because it wasn’t thickening up at all but remaining too sparse. I wanted a great deal of side growth to develop.
As expected the spring bloom is sparse to non-existent (I pruned off the buds) 🙂 but I’m hoping for a thicker plant and will post pics of subsequent growth (or not)
Fall 2013 Plant bloomed sporadically but not in any outstanding way. The deep pruning may have been a factor along with a few stems of dieback.
Fall 2015: Bloomed sporadically again. Will be dug up and moved out of main garden in spring 2016.
Spring 2016. Didn’t move it. Not an outstanding bloomer and I keep threatening to move it but never seem to get to it.