Garden Guide: Forsythia

March 31, 2014

Forsythia is one of those exciting, early signals that spring really is coming. You catch a tiny flicker of yellow as you whiz by going about your day and if you’re like me, you crane your neck to make sure you really saw it. I get more and more excited the more yellow I see. I love how forsythia is a bit wild looking, with its branches flowing every which way. Grab this week’s illustration in Michelle’s shop here.



Sun: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained soil
Water: Established plants require little to no care. That’s why you often see forsythia flourishing in fields and in undisturbed areas.
Prune: To prune or not to prune is your choice, since they’re super fast growing sometimes it’s necessary. But I like to let them go wild! Their organic shape is gorgeous. If you do need to prune though, you should know that flowers form on prior year’s growth, not new growth. So prune after spring flowering to ensure that you’ll have blooms next year.
Size: Forsythia is super fast growing. It can grow up to 2 feet in a season.

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2 thoughts on “Garden Guide: Forsythia

  1. Brandi

    I just ordered a forsythia plant from Groupon of all places. I can’t wait to get it in the ground and be able to decorate with a few of the branches next spring. I also found a small quince bush while in Home Depot today. As soon as I saw it I thought of you! :-) It’s not a thorny one though so I dare my one dog to touch it!


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