Two years ago my daughter bought a house in Greensboro, NC. That spring I found a neglected lilac in an overgrown section of the yard, and that plant has the loveliest powder blue flowers. Though I live in Camden, well in zone 8, I took some cuttings, two of which rooted. In the meantime we bought three other lilacs. One is Miss Kim which is supposed to bloom in zone eight. Another is President Grevey which is rated up to zone 7. The other lost its tag, but I think as well is rated up to zone 7. All five plants are planted in containers. Today during my daily inspection of the yard, I noticed the most wonderful thing. Four of the five plants have flowering spikes that will soon be opening. This is particularly exciting because the plants are not really supposed to bloom here. Also the plants are very young, with my cuttings being 2 years old and the other plants just purchased last spring. I can't wait on the flowers to open as it will be such a treat to be able to enjoy lilacs in this area where lilacs don't generally grow or bloom.
Plant with lost label.
My young cutting: