Forsythia is a most cheerful herald to spring. One of the first bushes to bloom, with their gorgeous yellow blossoms even preceding their leaves, their appearance can’t help but bring a smile to sun-starved faces. The straight, sometimes slightly arching, woody stems are adorned with sunny blossoms that are remarkably long-lasting in cut arrangements and when planted in an evergreen garden is the absolute perfect accent piece.
Forsythia (pronounced for-SITH-ee-a) is a fast-growing shrub, sometimes referred to as Golden Bells, with a mostly upright form that requires remarkably little care once established. Pruning is recommended, right after they flower, so as to encourage more blossoms next year; the blossoms grow on the previous year’s growth. Pruning will also develop a bushier plant. If, on the other hand, pruning is not your thing, they look quite beautiful if left to grow naturally. Forsythia is most often used as a living privacy screen, a flowering hedge or a specimen plant against a fence.