Cytisus scoparius | Broom Plants | Pot Grown Plants
Delivery & Guarantee
Common Broom Hedge Plants - Delivered by Mail Order from the Nursery with a 1 Year Guarantee
Scotch or Common Broom, Cytisus scoparius, is native, bushy shrub that thrives in very poor soils. It is a useful hedging plant for a mixed hedge with other, sturdier plants like Hawthorn. Broom will reach 2-3 metres tall.
Broom plants are only delivered pot-grown, year round.
Choosing a size: When you are ordering Broom plants for a hedge, we generally recommend that you use plants that are graded at 40/60cms tall. They are cheaper than large plants, easier to handle and they will establish well in poor conditions. Use the larger, 80/100cms high plants if you want a taller hedge quickly or for instant impact as a specimen shrub. All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the pots aren't measured).
Spacing a Broom hedge: Plant Broom hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart, or, if you are buying the large sizes, at 2 plants per metre, 50cms apart. Because broom fixes nitrogen into the soil, it is an excellent choice for a mixed hedge where the soil quality is poor. By putting in a broom plant every 3-4 plants, you will make a significant improvement to the soil for all the others.
General description of Broom plants: This is a nitrogen fixing plant, which will grow well in the worst soil while improving it for other plants. Broom has thin, ridged green stems and excellent yellow flowers, similar to those of peas, in May to June. These ripen into dark seed pods. If the summer is hot and dry, you can hear them cracking open. Cytisus scoparius is a decent plant for adding some colour to a mixed hedge or general planting in poor soils.:
History & uses of Cytisus scoparius: Old & Local Names for Broom: Spartium scoparium. Genista scoparius. Sarothamnus scoparius. Broom Tops. Irish Tops. Basam. Bisom. Bizzom. Browme. Brum. Breeam. Green Broom. Broom's thin leaves and whippy stems make it ideal for using as a broom and it was also common in thatching. It was used in some old medicines, but we don't recommend trying it today. In the late 1800's, it was sold for gardens in California. Today, it is an invasive nuisance in many areas of Western America.
Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order. Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest. You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.