Cytisus Luna is better known as Common Broom. It’s a fully hardy deciduous decorative shrub with arching branches and creamy yellow pea-style flowers. It holds the RHS AGM and it’s a great choice for low maintenance, pollinator-friendly gardens.
Common Broom is native to Europe and able to deal with UK weather without any special treatment. It’s a versatile, practical shrub suitable for first-time gardeners and those of us with time pressures that still want an attractive outdoor space. Cytisus Luna is a deciduous shrub with small leathery foliage on tall arching stems. In May masses of scented pale-yellow pea-flower shaped blooms with coppery wings and a red tinge on the back and inside appear. These flowers are intensely appealing to our native pollinators and never fail to attract bees. It’s an excellent choice for the back of a border in full sun. Common Broom is easy to grow and a real favourite with pollinators.
Height And Spread of Cytisus Luna Common Broom grows to 1.5 metres in height and spread over 5-10 years.
How Hardy Is Cytisus Luna This is a UK native so it’s able to cope with freezing winters if its roots are well-drained. It copes with drought, pollution, and pests are rarely a problem.
How To Use Cytisus Luna Common Broom is a good choice for urban and country style gardens with its structural arching branches and bright flowers. It suits the back of a border in full sun, a shrubbery, or gravel garden, and copes with poor soil on slopes. Being practically no maintenance means it’s a welcome addition to wildlife-friendly gardens and a good pollination partner for orchards and vegetable gardens. Pop some in your front garden for a hit of pollution resistant colour and a cheerful welcome home. It’ll grow in a plant container on a sunny deck, patio, or balcony too, but will need regular water and food.
How To Care for Cytisus Luna This is a simple, easy-to-grow native that requires barely any care. Plant it in full sun in well-drained soil of any type and it’ll thrive, though choose wisely because it doesn’t appreciate being moved. Old wood doesn’t regenerate so prune Common Broom lightly after flowering, trimming back its branches by a third and removing congested or damaged stems as you go. A thick layer of mulch isn’t needed, but Common Broom appreciates it especially if it’s grown on chalky soil.