The Q&A Archives: Lilacs & Lilies Planted Together

Question: I am curious if I can plant stargazer lilies & Asiatic lilies, around the base of a lilac tree. I don't want the roots to crowd each other.I have not planted either yet.

Answer: Lilacs tend to sucker and grow very large, so you would want to leave several feet of space between them; this will also allow room for the lilac roots and avoid early competition with the lilies. You might also find that the lilac will grow wider and fill in that space in just about the same amount of time as it takes the lilies to multiply and need to be lifted and divided. Ideally, though, the lilies would have full sun, good air circulation, and good rich soil free of competing roots.

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