Lilac Companion Plants: 10 Plants to Grow With Lilacs

Are you looking for plants to plant next to your lilacs this season? Many plants combine beautifully with lilacs! Certified master gardener Liz Jaros shares her favorite choices for lilacs this season!  

1. Clematis

Looking for plants to put with your lilacs this season? Many plants go well with lilacs! This post by certified master gardener Liz Jaros discusses her favorite plants for lilacs this season.  

2. Creeping Phlox

For a smooth, bright carpet, plant creeping phlox under your lilac. This cottage-like lilac blooms mid to late spring like others.Pale pastel flower clusters spread on well-drained soil. Phlox can tolerate large lilac shade.  

3. Daylily

Daylilies and lilac shrubs are typically planted together due to their strappy, grass-like foliage and colorful flowers from spring to late summer. Flower colors include yellow, pink, and red, which complement lilac's pink, purple, and white panicles.  

4. Lady’s Mantle

A mounding base with scallop-shaped green leaves supports a spray of beautiful yellow blossoms from midsummer to early fall Lady's mantle dominates an area and smothers weeds and grass (a lilac root opponent), contrasting effectively with darker lilac foliage.  

5. Peonies

Peonies and lilacs are cold-weather perennials. Dormancy requires winter temperatures below 40 degrees and they can survive -50 degrees. Peonies are perennial plants with 33 species and many variations. Lilacs and peonies' huge, double pink, red, and white blossoms complement each other.  

6. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

In well-drained soil like lilacs, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is drought-tolerant and vigorous.Autumn Joy's lush leaves and dusty rose-colored flowers beautify the landscape among lilacs in June to late fall. Disease- and insect-resistant perennials require little care.  

7. Spirea

Spirea cultivars are easy to grow and long-blooming, making them wonderful lilac companions. Spirea blooms with lilacs and repeats later in dwarf and regular sizes. The majority of external branches have pink, white, purple, and red flowers.   

8. Astilbe

Fern-like Astilbe foliage supports upright, fluffy pink, red, purple, and white blooms. Shade suits this perennial flowering plant. Astilbe spreads under a lilac tree in dappled sunshine. Lilac's silky, dark green leaves complements the texture.  

9. Columbine

Red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, and white columbines are fragile and contrast wonderfully with lilac's massiveness. Remember that lilac leaves fade earlier than other perennials when choosing an underpinning.  

10. Daffodils

Yellow daffodils are bright and easy to grow. They also come in white, orange, red, and pink. Their grass-like foliage is one among the first spring garden greens and looks natural under a bursting lilac canopy. Classic daffodils in clusters will welcome lilac season.  

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