Wonderblue Lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Wonderblue’)
Craving that Lilac scent but don’t have the room for a standard size variety? Try this cute, compact semi-dwarf variety on for size. Wonderblue Lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Wonderblue’) features excellent icy lavender-blue flowers with a clear blue overcast! Those unique lavender blue flowers will spread their yummy scent all over the yard! No wonder Wonderblue’s popularity has skyrocketed since it was introduced!
Hummingbirds and butterflies will appreciate the nectar source, and you’ll love the single sky-blue flowers which cover the plant in the late spring. The fragrant blooms are excellent for cutting. Be sure to include these sturdy, sweet blooms in cut flower displays. Enjoy the fragrant burst of these astounding flowers in beautiful homegrown floral arrangements.
With more compact branching, Wonderblue also grows a bit slower than other varieties. It will stay tidy and pretty for you, with a well-balanced rounded growth habit.;
Wonderblue is a cross of Tiffany Blue’ and the Rochester Lilacs. It was hybridized by the dedicated and talented Father John Fiala. Nicknamed Little Boy Blue, this variety can handle a touch of shade and arctic temperatures down to USDA growing zones 3 through 7 and features improved disease resistance, and is incredibly low maintenance.
Use this plant where you can see it and smell it! Wonderblue Lilac is refined enough to take center stage. Because Wonderblue Lilac is very showy, it makes a wonderful specimen plant. Try it near the patio for fragrant entertaining, or a single shrub to soften the corner of a garage or shed. One will certainly enhance your front entry and welcome you home by perfuming your front steps!
We’re sure the neighbors will be coming by to appreciate it and ask questions once those unusual blooms open! You’ll love this small shrub. Wonderblue Lilac is long on charm and delivers high-impact performance!
This diminutive mounded shape is perfect for today’s smaller landscapes. You can even grow them in large containers on your patio or entryway. One on either side makes a memorable display flanking the doorway.
This variety has been called the Best Lilac for containers. Decorate your patio or porch with a sophisticated series of matching containers. Or mix it up with a fun and funky collection of individual pots for a personal touch.
En masse and in rows amplifies the impact of the blooms Wonderblue has on your property! Repeat them across the back of your mixed borders or use as compact flowering privacy screens, or include it in foundation plantings.
Lilacs are easy-care, long-lived and Wonderblue loves sun, sun, sun! Wonderblue can take a place in all day sun. However, it is unique that it will tolerate a few hours of afternoon shade and still flower! Flower production is best in a planting site that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.
The morning sun is best for drying the leaves. Wonderblue’s foliage does show improved resistance to powdery mildew, but why take chances? Air circulation is also important for Lilacs to perform at their best. When planting, please avoid low spots or heavily enclosed locations that trap airflow. Far better to find a place where the breezes can blow all the way through the branches.
Water your Wonderblue Lilac regularly, but do not overwater. It requires good soil drainage, so if you see puddles that remain long after a rainfall, mound up when planting. Bring additional soil in and heap it up 18 high. You’ll plant directly in that mound. Fertilize in early spring and again in mid-summer with Dr. Earth Organic and All Purpose Fertilizer, following directions on the package.
Give your plants an annual layer of mulch. It’s best to completely cover the root system with a 3-inch Mulch layer and spread it out 3 to 4 feet from the center of the plant. As a final step, be sure to pull the mulch away from the main stems by at least 2 inches.
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.
Don’t miss a single bloom! Follow these easy Pruning steps for the best flowering: You can easily maintain Wonderblue Lilac to any size. It will flower on old wood, so get out there just as soon as the flowers fade. Don’t wait any longer, or you’ll risk missing out on next year’s blooms.
To rejuvenate older plants, you can take out several of the oldest, thickest stems by cutting them off at ground level. This will promote new growth from the base of the plant, which will flower beautifully for you.
|Syringa vulgaris 'Wonderblue'
|3 - 5 ft.
|3 - 5 ft.
|Full Sun, Partial Shade
|Icy Lavender Blue