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They will grow in almost any type of soil except the extremely acidic ones, but will love to grow in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soils. Lilacs don’t grow well in lowlands where water tends to collect for prolonged periods of time. Find a place in full sun for your lilac and mulch regularly. Fertilize them in early spring and again just after flowering with an all-purpose fertilizer, watered in well. They also need supplemental water during periods of drought.

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Young and newly planted lilacs need to be dead-head before fruits and seeds form to preserve its energy for growth. If you want to propagate the lilac, sow seeds in containers in a cold frame as soon as they ripe or in spring. You can also take greenwood cuttings or layer in early summer, graft in winter or bud in midsummer.

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Magnolias

Magnolias are one of the first trees who tell us that the winter is really gone with their fresh and vibrant flowers gracing the bare branches in spring. Magnolias are often described as the aristocrats of the plant world, with their showy, large, beautiful, solitary flowers, most of which have a delicate scent. Most Magnolias are valued for their showy, fragrant flowers, large glossy leaves and striking fruit.

Magnolias may be used as specimens, screens, patio trees, hedges, border accents and even container plants. Magnolias come in a wide variety of sizes, from small shrubs to large trees and can be semi-evergreen, evergreen or deciduous and have their flower colors range from pure white, white flushed and all kind of yellow to pink and purple. There is such a wide variety of form and size that they can be used in any king of garden.

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