“Do you have any idea what this orange-flowered shrub is?” Question from Donna
Answer: This pretty, drought-tolerant bloomer is a hybrid orange Scotch broom (Cytisus ‘Lena’). It’s sweet-pea-like orange and orange-red flowers flower from May to June, and its fine green stems are lined with small leaves. This shrub is tolerant of wind, salt spray, and infertile, well-drained soil. Most brooms can be quite invasive, but this pretty hybrid has sterile seeds, so it won’t self sow.
Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.
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