An easy to grow popular garden shrub with bright, golden yellow flowers in early spring. Forsythia comes into flower in March through to April. The flowers appear on the branches before the leaves, as can be seen in the images and the flowers are very attractive. After flowering the shrub comes into leaf.
Forsythia are a produce of their popularity as so many gardeners grow them there can be a tendency to get a bit sniffy about Forsythia but its lovely bright yellow is so welcome early in the year I think there is room for one in the garden, at least.
Growing Forsythia is easy, you can just plant and neglect. Forsythia is deciduous which means in the winter the branches are bare and the flowers are followed by small fresh green leaves. Forsythia will flower best in full sun. Forsythia produces a cheerful bright yellow display.
Forsythia is can grow up to around 3 metres and is fully hardy. Two varieties with RHS merit award are Lynwood and Arnold Giant. We tend to think of Forsythia as a largish shrub but there are smaller, more compact varieties such as Forsythia × intermedia 'Mikador', Forsythia Dwarf Mini Gold, Forsythia 'Fiesta' which grows to around 1m- 1.5m. Smaller more compact varieties of Forsythia will require very little pruning. There is also variation in colour from the bright strong yellow to a paler yellow.
Forsythia will grow more or less anywhere and in most aspects, which is why they are so popular coupled with the fact Forsythia require no real attentions from one year to the next.
Although Forsythia are not fussy, they will grow best and produce the most flowers if grown a sunny spot with fertile, well drained soil. Forsythia can also be planted and pruned to make a hedge to great effect.