Brief Guide to Forsythia Bushes

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Do you have Forsythia bushes in your garden or yard? Or maybe you want to add some? Forsythia bushes look good in any garden. They add a nice touch to the overall look of a lawn. That’s why they are a fine choice for garden plants. You can also make them bloom indoors. The concern then is how to grow them so they can serve your purposes for your garden.

Forsythia - Show Off

Forsythia – Show Off

Forsythia - Dwarf

Forsythia – Dwarf

Forsythia - Arnold Dwarf

Forsythia – Arnold Dwarf








Before discussing how to grow Forsythia bushes, it’s good to get a little more information about them. The plant genus is named after William Forsyth, one of the founding members of the Royal Horticultural Society. There are about 11 species of Forsythia. Another name for the plant is Golden Bell, owed to the bright yellow with deep four-lobe flowers. They are classified as deciduous shrubs. They may grow between one to three meters. In rare cases, they may reach six meters.

Forsythia - Meadowlark

Forsythia – Meadowlark

Forsythia - Sunrise

Forsythia – Sunrise

Forsythia - Lynwood Gold

Forsythia – Lynwood Gold








In growing Forsythia bushes, the issue is actually not how to grow them but whether to prune or not to prune. This decision is up to you and the recommendations are dependent on how you want them in the garden. There are two general directions you might want to go: do you want a single plant or plant a group to serve as a hedgerow?

Forsythia - Citrus Swizzle

Forsythia – Citrus Swizzle

Forsythia - Fiesta

Forsythia – Fiesta

Forsythia - Show Off Starlet

Forsythia – Show Off Starlet








These plants grow fast. They don’t require a lot of care. Established plants will actually grow nicely by themselves. You may let them grow in full sun or partially-shaded. Best soil condition for them is moist, so just make sure the soil is well drained.

Forsythia bushes

Forsythia bushes


For single or small groups of Forsythia, letting them grow naturally is recommended. If you want them as a hedgerow, on the other hand, you want to prune them. The ideal time is after the flowers have bloomed since the flowers bloom on the past year’s growth.




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