In Bloom: Fabulous Forsythia

In Bloom: Fabulous Forsythia

Yes, forsythia has a rather short bloom season and the shrub, while lovely in a branching sort of way, pretty much fades into the background most of the year. But, when it’s on, it’s ON. Masses of bright to golden yellow flowers clad the stems before they leaf out later in spring, making this the ideal late winter pick-me-up we all need during the February doldrums. We promise, when they bloom, it’s an Instagram moment in the making.

(Enjoy them inside too! It’s super simple to force branches of budding forsythia into brilliant blooms. Here’s how!)

Spring Glory Forsythia

What: Absolutely explodes with masses of soft yellow flowers. Zone: 3-9

When: Early spring

Best Feature: Upright form makes this a useful background border shrub.

Magical® Gold Forsythia

Magical® Gold Forsythia

What: Extra large, golden-yellow flowers on medium-sized shrub. Zone: 5 – 9

When: Early spring

Best Feature: Very early bloom and tolerates warmer climates.

Show Off® Forsythia

Show Off® Forsythia

What: Compact size makes an excellent short hedge or foundation shrub. Zone: 5 – 8

When: Late winter to early spring

Best Feature: Moderate height fits into tighter spots.

Show Off® Starlet Forsythia

Show Off® Starlet Forsythia

What: Improved compact variety; masses of flowers from base to tip. Zone: 4 – 8

When: Early Spring

Best Feature: Versatile dwarf form and early bloom.

Pink Forsythia

Pink Forsythia

What: Clusters of pale pink flowers appear early and are ideal for forcing cut flowers. Zone: 5 – 8

When: Spring.

Best Feature: Form makes a showy stand alone shrub.

Keeping Forsythia Happy

  • Easy to grow in average to poor, well-drained soils.
  • Best flowering in full sun.
  • Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.
  • Tolerates periodic drought, when established.
  • Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
  • Prune to shape immediately after flowering.

Create a blizzard of late winter/early spring bloom!

Jelena Witch Hazel

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'
Item #3923
Sensational Winter Flowers

Arnold Promise Witch Hazel

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise'
Item #3928
Bright Late Winter Blooms

Double Take Pink™ Flowering Quince

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Pink Storm' Plant Patent #20,920
Item #7445
Showy Flowers

Double Take Scarlet™ Flowering Quince

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Scarlet Storm' Plant Patent #20,951
Item #7477
Showy Flowers

Super Red® Flowering Quince

Chaenomeles japonica 'Moned'
Item #3100
Spring Flowering

The Rising Sun™ Eastern Redbud

Cercis canadensis 'JN2' Plant Patent #21,451
Item #40176
Showy Spring Flowers

Winter Jewels® Cherry Blossom Lenten Rose

Helleborus x hybridus 'Cherry Blossom'
Item #6726
Shade Loving Flowers

Winter Jewels® Blue Diamond Lenten Rose

Helleborus x hybridus 'Blue Diamond'
Item #1347
Stunning Shade Loving Blooms

Winter Jewels® Painted Lenten Rose

Helleborus x hybridus 'Painted'
Item #6723
Shade Loving Perennial

Show Off® Starlet Forsythia

Forsythia x intermedia 'Minfor6' Plant Patent #24,361
Item #7743
Showy Flowers

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