Ground covers, Shrubs, Flowers
The various species are native to central, southern, and eastern Europe. Leaves are often small and short lived. Green branches give these deciduous plants an evergreen look. Flowers are yellow (rarely white or pink) and sweet pea shaped.
Less aggressive than other brooms (see Cytisus); the species listed here are not invasive. Smaller kinds are attractive in rock gardens and bank plantings. These shrubs tolerate rocky or infertile soil. Need good drainage.Genista lydia
Nearly leafless shrub, often erroneously sold as Cytisus lydia. Grows to 2 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide; makes a good ground cover. Bears profuse show of blossoms at tips of shoots in late spring. Sets few seeds.
Native to the Pyrenees. Tongue-shaped, shiny green leaves to 1 1/2 in. long form a foot-wide rosette o...
Nearly leafless shrub, often erroneously sold as Cytisus lydia. Grows to 2 ft. tall...
Native to Japan and Korea. Can be a big multistemmed shrub or—with training—a small tree t...