Posted by Newt on July 15, 2002 at 23:53:40:
In Reply to: Lilac Hedge posted by Linda on July 10, 2002 at 09:49:46:
: Looking for a source of Lilac bushes for a privacy hedge...zone 1-2...have some down road in many places..Wenatchee-Omak-Okanogan, Washington State area(Okanogan County).
The first thing I'd like to address is the hardiness zone you mention. Washington state has zones 4 to 8, so I'm a bit confused when you say zone 1 - 2. That would be northern Alaska or norhtern Canada. Here's a zip code zone finder that should be helpful.
I did a search at www.google.com using the Latin name of syringa and put in quotes like this "Syringa" + "retail" and got 566 hits. I'm sure you could find some that would be close to your own zone.
Also, are these lilacs you see on private land? Do you know the owner? If you could get permission, you could probably dig up some of the shoots to start your own hedge. Lilacs often take up to 5 years to bloom from a new shoot and like a more alkaline soil. That said, add lots of compost and some lime to the planting bed. This would best be done in early fall.
Hope this helped.