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Genista lydia Bangle® (Lydian Broom)

Lydian Broom, Genista lydia 'Select'


Very floriferous, Genista lydia Bangle® (Lydian Broom) is a compact deciduous dwarf shrub with arching or trailing branches that produces waves of bright yellow, pea-like flowers in late spring and early summer. Flowering is so profuse that the blossoms literally smother the plant. The flowers are born in clusters atop a network of gracefully curving fine stems with soft green, small leaves. Forming a dense mound, this tough and showy native of the eastern Balkans and western Asia has a fantastic texture even when not in bloom. Thriving on neglect, Lydian Broom is particularly useful for tumbling over steps and low walls and drawing attention to it. A tough, drought-proof and resilient plant which is invaluable in Mediterranean gardens.

  • Grows slowly, with a sprawling habit, up to 12-24 in. tall and wide (30-60 cm).
  • Easily grown in poor infertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates both acid and alkaline conditions. Excellent shrub for gardens that get little watering.
  • Drought tolerant, heat tolerant and deer resistant
  • Great for banks and slopes, beds and borders, groundcovers, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, Mediterranean gardens, rock gardens or in containers. Lovely when planted on the edge of a raised bed to cascade over the bed.
  • Virtually disease free but subject to Aphids
  • Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Prune after flowering to create multiple branching and good habit.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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