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An almost leafless shrub with a rich flower colour: this is common broom. If you buy a broom, it is pleasingly undemanding. For a dry location or inhospitable areas it is the tailor-made woody plant. It is ideal for rockery plantings or surface greening. The broom is also popular because it grows quickly and starts to bloom relatively quickly. Representatives of the genus Genista (family: Fabaceae) usually show their flowers in early summer. They are small shrubs that barely reach one metre in height even in old age. The genus Cytisus includes shrubs that often bloom in the spring and they sometimes grow taller. Typical of most broom species are the bright, golden yellow flowers that are often visited by bees and butterflies. They are perfect in a heather garden and also as a container plant. Of course, broom plants with special flower colours are also very decorative.

Various floriferous variants of native broom are available today. In the past, brooms were actually made from the long branches. The variety 'Andreanus Splendens' produces beautiful, yellow-red flowers.

Buying Broom Plants - Flower Magic For Your Garden

In the Lubera assortment you will find broom plants for different demands: the Lydian broom Genista lydia is a small, wide-spreading shrub that is extremely rich blooming. It is very suitable for dry stone walls and rockeries. Cytisus praecox 'Hollandia' shows its distinctive pink flowers with their yellowish border already in April.  Another magnificent spring flowering broom is Cytisus praecox 'Allgold'.
   
 
Broom 'Allgold'

Cytisus praecox 'Allgold'

From £16.40 *

Common Broom 'Boskoop Ruby'

Cytisus scoparius 'Boskoop Ruby'

From £16.40 *

Common Broom 'Lena'

Cytisus scoparius 'Lena', an orange sea of flowers

From £16.40 *

Common Broom 'Luna'

Cytisus scoparius 'Luna' with yellow flowers

From £16.40 *

Dyer's Greenweed 'Royal Gold'

Genista tinctoria 'Royal Gold' has golden yellow flowers

£16.40 *

Hairy Greenweed 'Vancouver Gold'

Genista pilosa 'Vancouver Gold' blooms in May and June in golden yellow

£16.40 *

Lydian Broom

Genista lydia

£16.40 *

Prostrate Broom

Cytisus decumbens

From £16.40 *

Purple Broom

Cytisus purpureus with pink flowers

From £16.40 *

Red broom, Hollandia broom

Cytisus praecox 'Hollandia'

From £16.40 *

Scotch Broom 'Andreanus Splendens'

Cytisus scoparius 'Andreanus Splendens'

From £16.40 *

   
 

Location

Mainly sunny, warm and not too wet – that is the motto of the broom plants. Brooms are sun lovers and prefer a warm, well-drained soil. The more scant the soil, the better they thrive. Brooms form tap roots. These reach far down into the ground and serve to tolerate a dry location well. The soil tends to be slightly acidic – some broom species are sensitive to lime.

Planting & Caring For Brooms

Due to its low soil requirements, the broom is an uncomplicated plant. In the growing phase, a regular supply of water is important. In a container you should definitely water more often. Waterlogging should be avoided at all costs. Every now and then you can also fertilise your broom if growing it in a pot, but you should definitely avoid over-fertilisation.

Pruning Brooms

Do not cut into the old wood. Pruning is not absolutely necessary with the Genista varieties; if necessary however the shoots can be shortened by a third. The Cytisus varieties develop their flowers on the previous year's wood. Here, just after flowering, just over half the height can be cut off.  These pruning measures promote compact growth.

Winter Protection

Many brooms are hardy. However, it is advisable to cover them with spruce branches as a precaution during the cold season.

The Lydian broom, which originally comes from West Asia, is only moderately hardy. In the winter, it should be protected with a fleece and/or brushwood.

Brooms – Good Neighbours

Companions with similar soil and site needs, such as juniper, pine or wild roses, are good neighbours for the common broom. Suitable companions are also of course perennials and grasses of all kinds, which have the same low water and nutrient requirements. Summer and winter heather bring, for example, other colour accents into play.  Attractive neighbours include blue moor-grass, common quaking grass or mountain sedge. The broom shrubs with their filigree appearance are beautiful in combination with decorative stones.

Broom Toxicity - Beware

If you buy a broom, you should consider that this plant is unfortunately a poison - all Genista varieties contain alkaloids, therefore if you cut the broom, you should not do this without wearing gloves. As a precaution, if babies and small children are around or dogs and cats, you should not grow brooms in the garden or on the terrace. Brooms should not be planted near ponds because if the seeds fall into the pond fish can die.

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