Gardening Articles: Landscaping :: Trees, Shrubs, & Vines
Show Off This Sugar Baby
by Susan Littlefield
Spring just wouldn't be spring in much of the country without the cheerful golden blossoms of forsythia heralding the start of a new season. But many landscapes don't have the space to accommodate the tall, arching habit of a full-sized variety.
Now space-strapped gardeners can still enjoy the lovely yellow, bell-shaped flowers of this springtime classic with Show Off™ Sugar Baby forsythia (Forsythia 'NIMBUS'), a miniature, upright selection with a mounded habit that provides a big dose of spring color in a small space. Growing just 18-30 inches tall and wide, this diminutive shrub from Proven Winners is covered with blossoms, delivering lots of flower per inch for an outstanding floral display. It's compact enough to be a good candidate for container growing.
Adapted to Zones 4-8, like its larger relations Show Off™ Sugar Baby does best in full sun and loose, well-drained soil. It blooms on the old wood, so save any pruning until just after flowering finishes. Feed yearly in the spring.
To find out more about this dwarf forsythia, go to Proven Winners