Also commonly called furze or whin according to locality, this is a western European native of dry sunny exposed heaths, cliffs and moorlands, where the single-flowered form can be found in bloom from spring to autumn. Its double, golden yellow blooms, marked with red at the base of petals, are fragrant, with the scent of coconut. It is one of the best shrubs for poor dry soils where little else will grow. The sunnier and less fertile the site, the more profuse the vivid yellow blooms, which are variously described as caramel or coconut-scented. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Dark green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Dry, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: September to May
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