Abeliophyllum distichum 'Roseum Group'
white forsythia 'Roseum'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing to average
- Flowering period: February and March
- Flower colour: light pink
- Other features: the scented flowers are valuable for indoor flower displays; the matt, dark green leaves often turn purple in autumn
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A relative of the Forsythia, this is a handsome, deciduous shrub is smothered with small, star-shaped, light pink flowers in late winter and early spring. They have a delicious scent and will fill the surrounding area with their scent, so try to plant it near a pathway or entrance. Ideal for adding early interest to the shrub border, it is also perfect for training into a fan-shape against a warm, sunny house wall. This delightful, deciduous, shrub performs best in fertile, well-drained soil.
- Garden care: Prune after flowering in spring, cutting back some of the old wood to a vigorous side shoot and then apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant. Once established, after flowering in spring cut back every second or third flowered shoot to the base.
The following notes can be used as a guide when pruning trees, shrubs and climbers in your garden during the month of March. It's timely advice if you have any of the following in your garden. Abeliophyllum, Artemesia, Brachyglottis, Brunfelsia, BuddlejaRead full article