When we moved into our house thirteen years ago I planted a forsythia. This has always been one of my favorite plants - I think it's underused as a landscape plant. My reason for loving it is that it's one of the first things to bloom in the spring - and it always surprises me. One day it's twigs, the next day it's on fire with color! It rivals sunflowers for me, and it means that it's time to GET PLANTING!