Best of the bunch
Forsythia This hardy shrub is a sight to behold in spring, its bright yellow flowers on leafless branches making a dazzling hedge or used in a border as a stand-alone feature.
There are different varieties to cover walls and bare ground too. They are really easy to grow, but make sure you prune them immediately after flowering because if you leave it until summer, you’ll get very few flowers the following year.
The most common is F. intermedia ‘Spectabilis’, which grows to around 2.5m high.
Others belonging to the F. suspensa species are more rambling. F. suspense fortunei has stout, arching stems, while more compact varieties including F. ovata only reaches around 1.5m.
They will thrive in any garden soil but do best in full sun.