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Lilacs are one of my favorite plant all year. The delightful scent, the beautiful blooms… in the spring, there’s not a single vase in my house that doesn’t have cut lilacs in it.

Unlike many other plants like roses or even fruit trees, lilacs should not be pruned in the winter months. The best time to prune lilacs is immediately after they’ve bloomed and the flowers have faded in the spring. 

Why can’t you prune lilacs in the winter?

Mature lilacs will actually set next year’s buds very soon after blooming. If lilacs get pruned in the winter, gardeners risk losing next season’s flowers.

Lilacs come in several different colors and really add a beautiful touch to any garden, large or small. With the proper care, they will thrive and produce blooms for years to come!