Easy-Care, Happy Spring-Yellow Forsythia Bushes
Jump start your growing season with out-of-this-world color! Welcome spring back again with the vivid yellow bell-shaped blooms of Forsythia bushes.
Versatile enough to be used across your landscape, Forsythia is a lovely native of Asia. Forsythias were named after William Forysth, one of the founders of the Royal Horticultural Society in Great Britain.
Can you imagine how astonished he must have been to see these incredible flowers in very early spring? The bold, bell-shaped Forsythia flowers rival any Scottish Broom!
These days, modern plant breeders are tackling Forsythia bushes...bringing compact and dwarf varieties to market. Forsythia are among the earliest of spring bloomers.
You'll make everyone in your neighborhood happy! Plant a single Forsythia to decorate the corner of your garage...or use twelve as a showy hedge.
The flowers of Forsythia bloom before its leaves appear, which makes them even more spectacular. These low maintenance shrubs turn into electric yellow firecrackers in very early spring.
What could be better? Forsythia bushes are the perfect choice for beginners, too.
How Big Do Forsythia Get?
Each cultivar has a different mature height and spread. Click the photos to see the individual product pages; where you'll find the Plant Highlights.
We highly recommend that you give Forsythia plenty of space to reach their full glory. Doing so will eliminate annual pruning for size control.
Sure, these rugged plants handle pruning like champs...but wouldn't you rather do a small job every other year...rather than a big task every year? In addition, you'll love the graceful, arched form of a natural Forsythia.
In a small space garden, be sure to filter our plant offerings by the mature height. You'll find smaller cultivars, like Dwarf Forsythia.
Use these small shrubs in containers to brighten your balcony or porch. Can you think of a more thrilling "Thriller"?
Can I Use Forsythia as a Cut Flower?
The answer is…"you bet!" Forsythia features very attractive flowering branches that are liberally frosted with incandescent flowers.
Forsythia is often brought inside for early spring blooms. Their very attractive floral display is a fun way to get inspired during the last straggly days of winter.
Force Forsythia stems by cutting a few stems from the interior of your shrub. Reach down into your shrub to find crossing or otherwise damaged branches...and cut a long length off.
Trim the stems, and bring them indoors in a warm room. Place the stems in a tall vase of warm water and enjoy the flowers, which open over a few days.
Force Forsythia stems with the kids...and why not grow Pussy WIllow, too? You'll all love these gorgeous indoor arrangements.
How Far Apart Do I Plant a Forsythia Hedge?
Space your Forsythia hedge, so the ends of these fast-growing shrubs touch and grow together. Create a solid screen by subtracting a foot from the smallest number listed for mature spread.
Each cultivar is different, so be sure to check the mature spread on the Plant Highlights. The lush, ovate leaves and dense branching make Forsythia a great choice to use as a hedge or screening plant.
Measure from the center of one, to the center of the next. You can also stagger a double row if you want really fast results.
How Do I Use Forsythia Bushes in My Yard?
Rugged Forsythia looks great in garden borders. They are excellent summer privacy screening shrubs.
Try one as a specimen plant. Or use a short row of them as a background plant placed wherever you want a living green wall.
These architectural shrubs help define your landscape. Forsythia makes incredible accent plants for high profile areas.
Place a bright pop of color in a new lawn planting. Or anchor a foundation planting with Sunrise Forsythia, for an added bonus of burgundy fall color in colder years.
Design Tips, Forsythia Mass Planting and More
Create a garden feature with a special collection of several cultivars that bloom from early to late season. This is a fetching way to incorporate yellow blooms over a longer period of time.
Count on the jazzy foliage of Citrus Swizzle for a zippy acid-green color and toothed texture. In cold fall weather, the foliage turns a purple display.
Anywhere you use early blooming Forsythia will support the nectar needs of butterflies and beneficial pollinators. Use a row of them as a solid backdrop on the north side of your Butterfly Garden.
Select Cold-Hardy Forsythia to Protect the Blooms
Who else but gardeners in the frigid north get the most enjoyment from their Forsythia? These winters in Zone 4 and 5 are tough!
Protect the blooms with flower bud-hardy cultivars. Compact Gold Tide Forsythia can line a tight side yard, or be added at the forefront of a mixed garden bed.
Meadowlark Forsythia is a reliably frost-hardy cultivar. It's recommended for areas with late winter cold snaps...and even gives burgundy fall color most years.
Northern Gold is an introduction by the University of Minnesota. It's a perfect height for a long, uniform hedge along your property line!
Can I Prune My Forsythia, and Does It Grow Quickly?
Forsythia grows quickly, and blooms on old wood. Wait to control them by pruning until directly after they bloom.
Regular pruning creates a bushier growth habit and more flowering. Every few years, rejuvenate your bush by removing a few of the oldest thickest stems at ground level.
Forsythia grows and flowers most prolifically in full sun or light shade. Forsythia is quite adaptable to many soil types and is not difficult to grow.
Enjoy these garden mainstays, expertly grown by Nature Hills. Let your creativity shine as brightly as Forsythia blooms do!