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I have a forsythia idea…

I’m not a big fan of forsythia. Too garish yellow. I think they look best when they’re planted in large quantities.

My neighbor has a lonely half-formed bush. It does look great against the black house. But if it were mine? I’d do some creative clipping and find a nice metal base to wrap around the bottom of it. For now, I only have Photoshop to depend on, since I don’t have a forsythia myself.

I have a long-time garden blog, a popular garden on America's largest garden tour, and have co-written a book on garden design titled, "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" When I'm not doing all that, I am an advertising designer always out looking to design things to promote your business. Look me up at #jcharlier.

0 comments on “I have a forsythia idea…

  1. You could sneak over and do it…

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  2. And I'll be right behind you egging you on.

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  3. Almost too phallic for me! 🙂

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  4. Looks great! Who doesn't loved a giant lightbulb by the front door?

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  5. Too funny!

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  6. Teddy/Al/Sandy/ExWife,They're always home. I'd get caught.ShinyNew,I'd let you go first.Benjamin,Phallic? Really? You get phallic from that? You've got a low-phallic threshold.Susan,Easier to see at night when trying to get the key in the lock.Cameron,I got a million of 'em!

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  7. Love it. Bright idea. HahahaElspethhttp://www.elspeth.tumblr.com

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  8. I really like your idea, Jim and would love to come across something like this in the landscape! I also really love Forsythias, but NOT as foundation plantings. They get much to large and are also deciduous. Rather, I prefer them in masses out in a natual setting, where they are quite beautiful! Also love them in vases indoors any time! Happy Spring!

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  9. LOL! Ok, I was wrong – I do like clipped Forsythia, but only if it's done as you suggest.

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  10. Ya know, with that red door, it ain't so bad.

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  11. Brilliant! If they have a black house, maybe you can make them see the light (ahem). I agree about the low-phallic threshold; he hasn't seen some of our sculptures …

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  12. love it!irena

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  13. Elspeth,The puns, oh, the puns…Pam Kersting,I'm with you. In larger quantities — especially around other spring flowering trees and bushes — they look great. One scraggly-lookin' bush in a yard looks dejected and only looks good for two weeks a year.Mr.McG's Daughter,You were wrong? And it's in writing? I have to tell my wife that a woman can be wrong. She doesn't believe me. She told me you all have a code to never admit it.Swimray,Black house, red door, yellow forsythia. It works — for about two weeks. Then it reverts to a massive black hole with a red door.Ms. Wiz,On their black house, all trim & shutters are black as well. I've seen black house done well. This? Well, it's what they like. I'm sure you have a high-phallic threshold at Each Little World. But I'm not sure if that's a compliment or not.OIMThanks. Photoshop is my friend.

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  14. I have a forsythia in my city garden that I've pruned into a small tree shape, to make it fit better in the small space. It looks beautiful spring through fall, and I like tinkering with the shape, and keeping it tidy. I do have to say that by shaping a forsythia a lot you don't get many flowers in early spring, which I do miss.

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  15. Anonymous

    You know how you wish you'd never hit on a website – well, this is one of them. Forsythia are “garish”? They belong in a “natural” setting? They look terrible after flowering? Graceful boughs of green leaves , and, if two planted six feet apart, make an excellent arbor. Espaliered forsythia are also wonderful. “Garish”? The background on this page is black.

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  16. Anonymous

    Same “Anonymous.” Sorry about that. Just delete my uncalled-for comment.

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