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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

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.

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