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Genista lydia spanish gorse

Genista lydia

Spanish gorse


The most popular Genistas grown in gardens are dwarf or compact varieties. This species is an outstanding dwarf shrub which makes a shapely rounded bush, with semi-prostrate main branches spreading and producing numerous slender upright shoots. It's covered in small golden blooms in late spring and early summer. This species comes from the dry sunny hillsides of southern France and northern Spain, and revels in similar situations, reacting to more fertile soils by decreased flowering. Trim lightly after flowering to keep plants dense. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).


A dwarf mound-forming shrub with slender, arching grey-green stems smothered in golden yellow flowers, in late spring and early summer.
Height 60cm. Spread 1m.
Flower colour Yellow. Flowers from May to June.
Foliage colour Green.
Planting instructions Water thoroughly before planting.