Yellow Flowers Brighten the Winter Landscape

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Several yellow flowers are showing up in the landscape. Forsythia, Carolina jessamine and winter jasmine have been flowering on and off since our warm fall temperatures but they are again showing their beauty.

Attracting attention in the winter landscape is Forsythia or yellow bells as it is also known. The one-inch-long bright yellow flowers appear in groups along the gracefully arching stems. Plants growing in full sun and well-drained, loamy soil may reach ten feet tall. They are a welcome accent in this seasons subdued tones. Pruning old wood after flowering allows the plant time to attain its natural habit before next seasons colorful display.

Forsythia is so easy to grow it is frequently cultivated in gardens and home landscapes. Natural layering occurs quickly when a single branch comes into contact with the ground while still attached to the bush. New roots often form where the stem touches the soil. The newly rooted branch can be cut from the mother plant and planted in a new location. Stems can also be cut for forcing indoor making a nice centerpiece.
Carolina jessamine is an evergreen vine with bright yellow sweetly scented trumpet shaped flowers. The 1 to 1.5 inch flowers have 5 lobes and appear singly or in a small cluster. Shiny evergreen leaves are 1 to 3 inches long. The attractive foliage makes a good backdrop for the fragrant flowers. Carolina jessamine grows in zones 7 to 9 in either the sun or shade. It grows well when planted in moist well drained soils. ‘Plena’ is a double flowering variety that could be allowed to twine around a lamp post or trellis with pleasing results.

Winter jasmine is a compact deciduous plant with noticeable pale yellow flowers. Waxy buds of this plant are maroon to red in color and are currently opening to reveal light yellow 1 to 2 inch flowers. Bright green compound leaves will appear on the green stems after the flowers. Leaves are opposite, pinnately compound with 3 leaflets that are lustrous emerald green in color. Often planted as a ground cover or on a bank it has broad spreading fine arching willowy stems. Winter jasmine is best grown in full sun to part shade and thrives in zones 6 to 10. It can also be grown on a trellis or as an accent to a brick wall.

Consider adding one of these yellow beauties to your landscape.