Lilacs & Lilies Planted Together - Knowledgebase Question

Coventry, RI
Question by cfurey29
April 24, 2000
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.


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Answer from NGA
April 24, 2000

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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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