Lilac Time Scotch Broom
Cytisus x 'Lilac Time' (Dallimorei hybrid)
|Description||Abundant sprays of fragrant, deep reddish-purple blooms cover slender green stems. Tiny leaves are inconspicuous. Dense clumps make interesting hedge, divider or screen. Semi-evergreen.|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Spring to Early Summer|
|Mature Size||Moderate grower to 6 ft. tall and wide.|
|Design Ideas||This Broom is ideal for a visual screen that allows plenty of light penetration. It is perfect along property lines or to divide the cultivated garden from wild land. Feature as a single specimen and plant with broadleaf shrubs to flesh it out when not in bloom. Makes a fine-textured background for dramatic small trees under night lighting.|
|Companion Plants||For late-summer color consider planting with Petite EmbersTM Crape Myrtle ( Lagerstroemia indica 'Moners') and add Parney's Red Clusterberry, (Cotoneaster lacteus) to enjoy bright red berries in the winter. Cover the spindly legs of this Broom with an underplanting of Otto Quast Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas 'Otto Quast') and Fern Leaf Yarrow (Achillea x 'Moonshine').|
|Care||Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.|
|Lore||Broom plants have been so named because they are used to create "beesomes" and brooms in the Old World before the discovery of broom corn.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9
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