Blooming Forsythia Trees

Nothing says springtime more than rounding the bend and catching a glimpse of beautiful flowering trees in full bloom.  Whether it's Forsythia that announces that spring is here, or one of our other favorites, now is the time to add these beauties to your garden.

Forsythia

  • Forsythia enjoys full sun.  Make sure your bush gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
  • Forsythia need to be grown in well draining soil.  Overly wet, marshy or swampy soil is not recommended.
  • You'll need to fertilize when caring for your Forsythia.  Use Al's Slow Release fertilizer once every 2-3 months in the spring and summer.
  • Good care for your forsythia will require that it be pruned yearly.  The best time to prune is right after it has finished blooming.

Witch Hazel

  • The generic name means "together with fruit", which refers to the fact that this tree has flowers, ripe fruit and next year's leaf buds all at the same time.
  • The plant sets out pretty yellow flowers that are fragrant, and resemble dainty ribbons in the fall.
  • Growing Witch Hazel is a favorite among gardeners looking for early spring color and fragrance.
  • Many people plant Witch Hazel in a location where they can enjoy it's beauty but also it's seductive smell

PJM Rhododendron

  • Durable yet charming, the PJM Rhododendron has small trusses of bright lavender blooms with contrasting small dark green leaves.
  • Evergreen foliage takes on a mahogany-brown winter color.
  • This variety is noted for its tolerance for both heat and cold.
  • An excellent choice for borders, mass plantings, or containers.  

Pieris

  • It's pretty hard not to see these in the landscape these days
  • Pieris grows and flowers best when planted in full sun or partial sun and shade
  • The showy cascading flowers are followed by colorful new foliage, which varies by variety from bronze to a brilliant pink, to a darker scarlet
  • Pieris planted with Viburnum, rhododendrons and azaleas create quite a spring floral display.

Edgeworthia

  • Edgeworthia is grown for it's flowers that appear on it's branch tips -- and it's amazing scent!
  • Individual flowers are bright yellow and are densely packed
  • Also known as the paper bush, because it was used to make paper in China
  • A true plant collectors "statement" plant