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Forsythia intermedia

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?

Easy to grow

Reliable and hardy

Good as an informal hedge or wall shrub

Some parts of this variety are edible - Don't forget to check out our Edible Flowers Guide

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Nothing says spring is on its way like a forsythia. The branches of neat-growing Forsythia intermedia will be wreathed in bright yellow flowers that light up the garden. Team this easy-to-grow plant with other spring-flowering shrubs and early crocuses (Crocus) or daffodils (Narcissus) in beds and borders. Reliable and hardy, it’s equally good as an informal hedge or wall shrub. Height 3m (10’). Spread 3m (10’).

Culinary information: The blossoms are edible raw, though they can be slightly bitter. The will add colour to salads and are a cheery garnish. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Height Up to 300cm (119in)
Spread Up to 300cm (118in)

Hardy Shrub

hedgeslow maintenance gardenspecimen plantwalls and fencescottage gardenswoodland garden

sun or semi shade

Flowering Months
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2 x 9cm Potted Plants (KA7552)
1 x 9cm Potted Plant (KA2180)
1 Bare Root Plant (40163)
1 x 2 Litre Potted Plant (KF0766)
2 Bare Root Plants (KF8809)
3 Bare Root Plants (KF8810)

Grow Forsythia plants in moist, well drained soil in full sun or semi-shade.

These plants are lifted from the nursery field when dormant, and sent to you in late autumn or spring for planting. They often look dead on arrival, but they are just resting in the dormant period and will establish quickly for a strong start in the garden come spring. Set out in prepared soil in holes wide enough and deep enough to lay out the roots. Tread down the planting soil to knock out air pockets. Water well to settle. Apply a mulch to protect roots from cold temperatures. If conditions prevent immediate planting, set roughly into loose soil or a pot of compost (‘heeling in’) to protect the roots. Set these at the same level as they were in the nursery field – you should see a soil line at the base of the stem. Stake trees, taller shrubs and roses to prevent root disturbance.

Feed and water Forsythia plants regularly until fully established. Prune Forsythia plants in late spring after flowering. Cut back all flowered shoots to a healthy pair of leaves. On established Forsythia plants, cut back up to a fifth of the oldest shoots to their base, to encourage healthy new growth and improve flowering. Apply a mulch of well rotted manure or other organic matter around the base of the plant after pruning.

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