These are not your grandmother’s Forsythia! Cheery yellow is often the harbinger of spring (think Daffodils, Winter Jasmine, Winter Aconite, Witchhazel and more) and Forsythia is no exception. Many of the old-fashioned forms are large, gangly shrubs that form thickets and require annual pruning to tame them into a semblance of tidiness. The good news is that there are a number of dwarf types that have been introduced in recent years that stay short and tidy with abundant blooms and never need shearing. Well-behaved, brilliant and resilient…what’s not to love? We’ve also stocked a few tree-form Forsythias for something truly different. Give them full sun for best flowering, and they’re not picky about soil type so long as it’s well-drained. If trimming is desired, do so after they flower in spring so you don’t interrupt flower-set for the following year.
by Miri Talabac, Woody Plant Buyer