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Forsythia Gives Eager Gardeners Hope that Spring is Near



The bright yellow flowers of forsythia are a welcome sign that spring is on the way

Calimesa, Ca., March 08, 2022 - Gardeners from Arizona to Georgia and North Carolina are sharing pictures of their first forsythia blooms. GardenDesign.com offers a complete growing guide for those interested in having forsythia in their own garden.

While Spring officially starts on March 20th, forsythia is a welcome reminder that it is near. “Forsythia bushes often burst to life with bright yellow flowers when there’s still snow on the ground,” says garden writer and photographer Janet Loughrey. If you aren’t already growing forsythia, the mild spring weather is the perfect time for planting.

Forsythia plants flower best in USDA hardiness zones 5-9 and in a spot with full sun. Look for a forsythia that offers improved flowering and a dwarf habit that requires less pruning.

Forsythia is deer resistant and makes a beautiful accent plant in mixed borders or foundation plantings. Plus you can use the branches in cut flower arrangements.

Forsythia tips:

  • If yours aren’t blooming yet, you can try your hand at forcing branches indoors
  • Prune your forsythia just after flowering to avoid hindering next year’s display
  • Apply a slow-release fertilizer for trees and shrubs in early spring

Other springtime classics that complement forsythia include:

  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Crocus
  • Hyacinth
  • Flowering cherries
  • Spirea
  • Quince
  • Dogwood

Access the complete forsythia growing guide here: https://www.gardendesign.com/shrubs/forsythia.html

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