Forsythia, is a genus of flowering plants in the olive family Oleaceae. There are about 11 species, mostly native to eastern Asia, but one native to southeastern Europe. Forsythia plants are great because they are disease and pest resistant, attract bees and butterflies, and are vigorous growers. Forsythia, commonly known as Golden Bells, burst onto the scene in early spring with its vibrant yellow flowers. This fast grower will require some pruning to maintain your desired shape.
The Best Way to Use Forsythia
Long arching branches flowering with yellow blooms make forsythia bushes a perfect choice for backdrops, borders, or focal points in your yard. Depending on the variety you choose, this shrub has a height 2 to 10 feet tall and a width of 2-12 feet wide. Winter hardy in growing zones 5-8, this bush has an arching growth habit and may need to be pruned to your liking. Forsythia grows best in full sun with some shade and well draining soil. Use this shrub on a slope to help with erosion control. Great for wildlife such as bees and butterflies.
Use as a backdrop or screening
Attracts bees and butterflies
Good for erosion control
Golden yellow blooms
Depending on variety, grows 2-10 feet tall
Growing zones 5 to 8
Forsythia Companion Plants
Plants that go well with Forsythia are ones that provide a color contrast, as well as other early bloomers for an early spring show. Or you can find other shrubs that flower in summer and fall for 3 seasons of interest. Plants with pink, red and violet flowers all contrast well. Flowering vines like wisteria and clematis can create some beautiful pairings as well. Here are our top choices.