Spring is forsythia time

John Shannon. INLT 13-802-CON
John Shannon. INLT 13-802-CON

It will not be hard to spot forsythia ‘golden bell’ in the gardens when you look around.

This is a very popular spring flowering shrub which grows 1.4m – 2m high and starts flowering from mid March until late April. It is often seen with another spring flowering shrub, ribes.

The forsythia is currently in flower at the centre and can be planted any time using Westland Rose/Tree & Shrub compost. Once the forsythia has

finished flowering, cut back the shrub removing two thirds to stimulate the shrub to produce fresh young growth from the base of the shrub, which

will start flowering next year.

Feed the forsythia in late summer with a high potash fertiliser such as Westland Rose fertiliser enriched with horse manure.