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The New Forsythia

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

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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  1. There are a number of them on the market, but the Show Off series from Proven Winners is one of the most common nowadays, with the original variety maturing around 5 to 6′ and two others maturing even smaller. ‘New Hampshire Gold’ is also a mid-size compact variety, maturing around 5 to 6′ tall. The typical 8′ or more of the old-fashioned varieties is too unwieldy for many gardens and, while they can be trimmed, we feel that choosing a more compact plant for a tight spot is much easier on both the plant and the gardener.

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