|Less invasive than other Brooms (such as its cousin Cytisus), these sun-loving, drought-tolerant, deciduous shrubs come in various heights. The bloom in white, yellow and gold. Seed pods follow. The short-lived leaves give way to green or gray-green branches. Not particular about soil as long as it is well-drained. Use smaller types in rock gardens or on banks. Several types were once used in dyes. The twigs, attached to long sticks, were used for sweeping. Start by seeds soaked in hot water overnight or by cuttings. Plant in sheltered places in colder climates. Does not like transplanting.
A popular rock garden plant, this 2-foot-high and 3 to 4-foot-wide dwarf has masses of bright yellow, pea-like flowers. Cold-hardy. Semi-evergreen in colder areas.
Attributes - Genista 'Lydia'
Plant Type: Shrub
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Height: 1 ft. to 2 ft.
Width: 4 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates. Drought Tolerant, Showy Flowers.