This is a re-blooming lilac from Proven Winners Plants. I did not trial this one but was hoping someone who did would share their experience. I see it is due out in nurseries Fall of 2009 or you can order it from Wayside( Sold Out for Spring) and White Flower Farm( Sold out for Spring but you can preorder for fall only for zones 5,6,7,–contact White Flower for details). It grows to 60″ and after the first initial bloom it will rebloom again with another show a few short weeks later. You must remove spent blooms to encourage re-blooming. I don’t mind removing the old blooms for this kind of beauty and fragrance. I’m going to get it and see how it performs. It really is pretty don’t you think? Bloomerang seems to grow best in a zone 3-7 garden.
Update/ 3-25 -09 Tim Wood stopped by and left me a message saying that it really does put out a pretty second showing and will continue to bloom to frost. Here is a picture he sent of the second blooming.
This lilac was developed by Tim Wood from Spring Meadow Nursery as one of their Color Choice Shrubs.
Wayside Gardens had this to say about it—
A Heavy-Flowering, Ultra-Fragrant, Reblooming Dwarf Lilac!
Blooms well past the late-flowering varieties!
Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar name: ‘Penda’. The most compact, heaviest-blooming dwarf Lilac ever grown, Bloomerang™ is a flower machine for 4 months or more every year! The heaviest flowering is in spring, when this compact, very well-branched shrub erupts in fragrant purply-pink bloom trusses, ideal for cutting yet irresistible in the garden as well. Then the flowers simply continue into summer, long past even the late-blooming Lilacs, with color present on the shrub all the way until autumn. Introduced by Tim Wood of Spring Meadow Nursery, this cross of the famous dwarf S. ‘Josee’ outdoes all other members of the family with its generosity of blooms over a long, long season.
Remove spent blooms promptly to encourage reblooming. Prune to shape after blooming if needed. Flower production may decline during extremely hot summers but will resume when temperatures cool in fall.
Some sources say it is hardy to zone 3
A classic addition to foundation plantings and mixed borders.
Reblooming lilac blooms from spring until frost! Small habit fits into any garden. Good for cutting. Fragrant. Deer resistant.