Cytisus (Broom) – Popular Shrubs for the Garden
Not all gardens are blessed with goodand, while it is possible to improve the soil, this is often a lengthy process. Meanwhile, it is worth planting those that not only put up with poor conditions, but actually thrive on them. Among these are the cytisus, which, like the and Spartium junceum described elsewhere, are called brooms. They are very much shrubs for dry, stony, well-drained soils.
There are many of them, in a wide range of colours, and among the finest are those in which the pea-shapedare of two colours, the standard, back petal, of one colour, the wing petals another.
In some, the petals are streaked with other colours. Habits vary greatly and some kinds such as Cytisus decumbens, with bright yellow flowers, are prostrate in growth, while others, such as the white-flowered Cytisus albus and ‘Johnson’s Crimson’, with clear crimson blooms, may reach 6 or 7 feet. The Moroccan Broom, Cytisus battandieri, grows even taller, reaching 15-20 feet, but it needs wall protection in most gardens. However, it is one of the finest, with silvery leaves and upright spikes of yellow flowers in July.
Most brooms tend to become straggly unless they are pruned after they have flowered. Lightof the stems that have carried blooms is all that is needed.