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Plant of the Month – March 2019

Again Mr Dummett couldn’t decide between the two, so we are giving you both options…

Chaenomeles (Ornamental Quince) and Forsythia

Chaenomeles is a hardy growing deciduous shrub which produces masses of large saucer shaped orange-red, pink or white flowers (depending on the variety) in early spring before it leaves. The Ornamental Quince has a maximum height and spread of 1.6 to 2 meters. It is best planted in either full sun or partial shade in any reasonable soil. As an added bonus the fruits can be used for making quince jelly!

Forsythia is a hardy, compact rounded to upright growing shrub. Masses of rich golden yellow flower clusters appear in early spring before the leaves. Forsythia is sometimes used as a hedging plant, growing to a maximum height of 1.6 to 2.2 meters. Best planted in full sun or partial shade in any reasonable soil, therefore making it an easy plant to grow.