Sensational Yellow Shrubs This Winter

Winter Jasmine hedge in full bloom this week

Note the green stems loaded with flowers

Hundreds of yellow flowers stand out against winter’s grays and browns

Note the stem of forsythia or golden bell has brown stems and blooms later than winter jasmine

This year Winter Jasmine is a showstopper. I don’t think I have ever seen them more colorful. Often mistakenly called yellow bell or forsythia, these bloom earlier than forsythia and have green stems instead of brown. I have a planting at my entry that is about 20 years old and is still a bit over 4 feet tall. I only prune it to remove stray stems. This is one tough plant and very easy to grow. The only thing it does not like is wet roots but can take sun and shade of deciduous trees and still bloom. While they are found in some nurseries, they are not universally available. That is probably because it has been around forever. You can plant it anytime, and when not it bloom it sort of fades into the landscape. Even after a hard freeze most of the unopened blossoms will start blooming when the weather warms. In my opinion, growing Winter Jasmine is about as easy as it gets and the perfect winter flowering shrub.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

2 thoughts on “Sensational Yellow Shrubs This Winter

  1. I have many of them. My mother called them yellow bell. I transplanted them & now they are not blooming very much. What should I do to get them to bloom again?

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