Magnify glass

Genista Lydia


Spanish Gorse

Compact plant giving a shock of yellow flowers in spring

A popular variety of Genista, this dense dwarf shrub has small leaves and bright yellow, pea shaped flowers that envelop it in May and June.


Demanding a position in the sun its trailing, arching nature mean it’s excellent for covering walls or as part of a rockery.


Plant in a large, deep hole in poor to moderately fertile soils; don’t water too regularly once established as the roots naturally look for moisture.

Originating on the hillsides of France and Spain this shrub thrives in similar conditions and is generally disease free.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, 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 Mediterranean garden, Gravel garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September