Ludwig Spaeth Lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Ludwig Spaeth’)

Ludwig Spaeth Lilac

Love that Lilac season! Spring is peaking, and you’ve pulled out your shorts and sandals. Fire up the barbeque and get your friends and family over for fun outside.

Add a late-blooming variety to squeeze a few more weeks of Lilac blooms. Ludwig Spaeth Lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Ludwig Spaeth’) keeps the good times going. Ludwig Spaeth is a French Hybrid Lilac that was first introduced in 1883. It’s a gorgeous late bloomer that has perfumed gardens for well over a hundred years. Ludwig features huge clusters of beautiful deep purple-red blooms on a deciduous shrub. No wonder this reliable variety is a highly sought-after classic.

Let these handsome, time-tested shrubs perfume your space and give your shade and a private screen. You’ll love the easy-care show put on by Ludwig Spaeth Lilac. Ludwig Spaeth really starts its show well after other Lilacs are nearly done blooming. Use Ludwig as the relay anchor, swimming the last lap to bring home the gold.

With lustrous, heart-shaped foliage and an upright, multi-stemmed growth habit, Lilacs are a workhorse for your landscape! The blooms make excellent cut flowers for indoor arrangements. Just a few will perfume your entire house. The purple flowers also entice butterflies and beneficial pollinators to come for nectar. This is a choice to feel good about. It’s hard to find an easier, hardier flowering shrub.

Planting and Application:

Create a Lilac collection for non-stop spring blooms that smell amazing. Whether you have room for a long Lilac hedge or must pick and choose for a small yard, Ludwig Spaeth Lilac comes through in the end as a fantastic accent and focal point.

Run a hedge along the length of your fence to extend the height and boost your privacy. Create a sanctuary by spacing plants five feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. Ludwig should be added to the sunny side of established windbreaks and evergreen trees. You’ll add scent, color and even motion with large blooms that catch and twirl in the wind.

Ludwig Spaeth is a springtime stand-out at the back of a perennial border. After the dramatic purple blooms are done, the restfully attractive green leaves allow other plants to shine. Anchor your foundation planting bed with one at the corner of your home. Extend the mulch to surround it for a very polished look that requires little care.

Ludwig grows into a marvelous screening shrub. Plant one in the lawn, and place a hammock stand and outdoor table in its shade for a relaxing nook. Modern lots live large when they are thoughtfully turned into a series of garden rooms. Ludwig Spaeth can play the role of a outdoor room divider. Even one can separate an area for entertaining from a private retreat. Go ahead and carve out a secluded spot for yourself.

Add several to a sunny glen in a woodland garden. You’ll be surprised how desirable a destination an informal grouping can become once that spring fragrance starts its clarion call.

Plant several in a wide semi-circle to enclose a reading bench. Encourage young kids to read the classics surrounded by their stylish greenery and fantastic flowers. You’ll help create memories that last a lifetime.

  • Dark Purple-Red Blooms & Extremely Fragrant
  • Showy Flowering French Hybrid
  • Easily Extend Your Lilac Season – Blooms a Bit Later than Other Varieties
  • Heart-Shaped Leaves
  • Valuable Nectar Source for Butterflies & Hummingbirds
  • Living Walls for Outdoor Garden Rooms
  • Specimen, Marvelous Hedges & Cut Flowers

Tips for Care:

Ludwig Spaeth blooms best in full sun so give Ludwig at least six hours of direct sunlight a day for best results. Well-drained soil is a must. If you need to improve the rate of speed that water evaporates or drains away, bring in additional dirt for a raised bed. Mound up 18 inches high by three feet wide.

Lilacs need a medium amount of water on a regular basis, especially during bloom time. While they will tolerate periodic drought as mature plants, we recommend you protect your plant with plenty of water. Mulch over the root system to keep it cool, and it breaks down to lowly improve the health of your soil over time.

Disease and deer-resistant so you’ll be saved the time and trouble of dealing with costly measures to keep it safe from harm. If you live with deer in your area, apply repellent spray on planting day. Deer are hungry and curious, and you want to train them to leave your plants alone. Reapply according to the label.

Take care when applying lawn fertilizers near flowering shrubs. These high nitrogen formulas are designed to produce foliage, but will not support flower development. Instead, apply an all-purpose fertilizer for blooming plants in early spring. Reapply in mid-summer, following label directions for application rates.

Don’t miss a single bloom! Follow these easy Pruning steps for the best flowering:

Immediately after the flowers finish, get outside with your pruning loppers. Don’t wait, or you’ll risk missing out on next year’s blooms.

Snip the past blooms, and correct for shape at this time. Remove a few of the thickest stems out at the ground level to keep your shrub young and vibrant. Trim back stems that head into the middle of the canopy. The goal is to open up the shrub to good air circulation and more sunshine.

  • Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Moderate Moisture & Mulched Beds
  • Prune Immediately After Flowering
  • Very Cold Hardy

Extend your Lilac season with this beauty!

Ludwig Spaeth Lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Ludwig Spaeth’) Details

Common name Ludwig Spaeth Lilac
Botanical name Syringa vulgaris 'Ludwig Spaeth'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-7
Growth rate Medium
Height 8 - 10 ft.
Width 6 - 8 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Dark Purple-Red