This is a forsythia bush. It is actually one of the first things that blooms in our landscaping–even before the tulips. When we first bought our house, I saw these blooming in other yards and I just had to get a couple. They take some maintenance to keep trimmed if you have a smaller area but they are really pretty when in full bloom.
I’m trying to decide what to do about our front landscaping. I love the look of mulch as it seems a little more natural but it keeps blowing away causing me to buy more each spring. Overall, investing in rock might save us money but I’m not sure I want to go with that look. For those of you with mulched landscaping, do you have to replace yours often, as well?
Don’t forget to check out Money Saving Maine-iac’s gardening posting, too. She has a picture of her composting and things that are in her garden right now.