Common Name: Forsythia
Species: x intermedia
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Time to take cuttings: November to February
The spring garden would be a much duller place without the bright yellow flowers of forsyhtia. F. x intermedia 'Spectabilis' is a vigorous variety that is covered in large deep yellow blooms in early to mid-spring. Plant in sun or partial shade, ideally in moist but well drained soil, although the plants are not very fussy. For the best blooms and to avoid your plant becoming a monster, cut back the branches that have flowered back to a pair of strong buds just after they have finished blooming.