Hello, I currently live near Houston, TX. My wife of 35 years is from Syracuse, New York and often talks about her memories of her lilac bush. I know that my climate doesn’t support growing a lilac bush here. However, I still tried on several occasions and in spite of my efforts the bush takes a nose dive once the Texas heat kicks in. I am desperately trying to find a way to give her, her wish. Is there any way I can grow a Lilac indoors? A dwarf version maybe? If you think this is possible, do you have a Lilac variety that might work for me? Thank you for your time and have a great day!
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Have you tried the Descanso hybrids? They were bred for USDA zone 9 and you are in zone 9a. Try giving it some afternoon shade if you can and keep it watered during scorching heat. It is possible to grow lilacs in containers but they need a lot of room and lots of sun, neither of which is conducive to indoor gardening.