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About Forsythia


In seeking to know about forsythia, one could start at the origin of the name.

Forsythia is named in honor of William Forysth, director of the Chelsea Physic Garden in 1770, maker of the first rock garden in the UK and one of the founders of the Royal Horticultural Society. The forsythia plant is native to China and was discovered there by Robert Fortune, a great eighteenth century plant-hunter.

Forsythia is well known as a garden plant, but is also available as a cut flowering foliage.

It can be one of the first flowers into bloom. Many people have forsythia plants in their garden and they can take up a lot of space.

The flowers of forsythia bloom before its leaves appear so its stems make beautiful golden yellow lines that can frame or form backbones to an arrangement.

Knowing about forsythia: Forsythia grows and flowers best in full or partial sun. It has many uses in the garden.

The plants are often used as a summer screen for privacy; as a specimen plant; and against a wall or fence.

Planted in an evergreen border, the golden yellow flowers really standout with the green background of the evergreens.

The forsythia plant really benefits from pruning. A regular schedule of pruning keeps the plants within bounds and creates a bushier growth habit.

Pruning also encourages better flowering. Pruning after flowering promotes better branching and creates the potential for more flowers in future years.

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