THE first shrub to blossom in Spring is the Forsythia, and its bright yellow bells are a cheerful addition to the brown lambrequins of April; it is a harbinger of the glorious blossoms that will follow in quick succession until frost. If for no other reason than its earliness this shrub should be planted, but it is ornamental later on when the bright green leaves appear. It is massed in great bunches on many estates, but is good enough to use as a specimen along a roadway or path. Fortunei is the earliest variety, which is followed by viridissima before the last blossoms of fortunei have faded, thus making a good succession lasting two weeks or more. It should not be pruned until after it has blossomed as the flowers are borne on the old wood. It will grow eventually into a large bush seven or eight feet high. In England the Forsythia fortunei is trained sometimes against walls, the principal branches being tied up for three or four feet and the slender shoots allowed to droop over gracefully. When trained over a bank or stone wall the Forsythia is effective, for its growth is vigorous and its foliage bright and clean.