Will lilacs grow in Bakersfield, Ca?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
You will need to choose a low-chill variety, such as 'Lavender Lady' or 'Alba'.
You can grow it in a partial shade location and you will need to water regularly, Lilac need evenly moist soil, it is not drought resistant.
Success with Lilac in your area is not the best odds, but I understand taking on the challenge!