by Susanne Howard, guest author
Along with the spring flowering bulbs, nothing says spring to me like the bright big yellow beacon of a forsythia in bloom. They are often accompanied by coral-colored flowering quinces, and followed a little later by white spireas, and again a little later by red or pink weigelas. Many of these large (8-12 feet high and wide) shrubs have been around long enough to be considered heirlooms.
Covered in flowers, their impact is huge. Bees and hummingbirds (for the weigelas) love them. But