How to Plant Lilacs & Buttercups


Buttercups, identifiable thanks to their bright yellow flowers, add a festive splash of color to any yard. Lilacs are one of the most popular flowering bushes. Their sweet aroma and pastel-like color is a sure sign that spring has arrived. Both flowers thrive in the same type of soil conditions, making it possible to plant them in the same area at the same time.

Planting Lilacs

Step 1

Create a mound of soil 4 feet wide by 15 inches tall (if the area has clay soil). The mound should consist of a mix of topsoil and gravel to provide proper drainage. Lilac bushes can be planted directly into sandy or sandy loam soils. Lilacs should be planted in full sun, sheltered from harsh winds.

Step 2

Dig a hole equal to the height of the lilac bush's root ball and three times the width of it. Set the bush into the middle of the hole. Add organic matter such as aged compost to the hole.

Step 3

Fill around the root ball with soil and compact the soil with your hands or feet to hold the bush in place. The plant's trunk flare should sit 1/2 inch to 1 inch above the top of the hole.

Step 4

Spread a 1 to 2-inch layer of 5-10-5 fertilizer around the base of the bush. Add a layer of mulch on top of the fertilizer to help retain the soil's moisture.

Step 5

Water the lilac bush after planting. Continue to water regularly throughout the summer months.

Planting Buttercups

Step 1

Soak the corms in water for one hour prior to planting.

Step 2

Dig a hole 3 inches deep in the soil. Place the corm in the hole and cover with soil.

Step 3

Water around the plant thoroughly to compact the soil. Water it regularly to keep the soil moist, but not soggy, to a depth of 6 to 7 inches.

Step 4

Remove expired blooms and stems from the ground once they have turned brown and dried. This allows the corm to concentrate on storing enough nutrients for next season.

Tips and Warnings

  • Drooping leaves on lilac bushes is a clear sign of dehydration. Buttercups must be grown in well-draining soils, or they run the risk of contracting root rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Topsoil (optional)
  • Gravel (optional)
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Water


  • International Lilac Site: Growing Tips
  • North Carolina State University: Persian Buttercups
  • Ohio State University: Buttercup, Daffodil or Narcissus

Who Can Help

  • Questions on Lilacs
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Sophia Darby is a former professional hairstylist who has spent the last six years writing hair-related articles for both online and print publications. Her work has appeared in Celebrity Hairstyles Magazine, as well as multiple websites.