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Cytisus Lena

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Broom

Stunning deep orange/red flowers

A beautiful shrub for the middle of a border where it will grow into a spreading mound of slender green stems. When in flower through May, this plant is a bonfire of bronze, red and orange shades. The pea-like blooms are very attractive to bees. Easy to grow and very rewarding.

Where?

Give it full sun and room to spread, especially when it's weighed down by flowers.

How?

Happiest in a well drained soil, brooms are able to cope with drought once established. After flowering cut back the stems by two thirds to encourage the new shoots needed for next year's flowers.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - July
Evergreen No
Plant height 95 cm - 120 cm
Plant width 85 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 70 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September