(Revised 6 Jan 2016)
We normally expect at least one snow fall in April each year. However, the snow will melt very quickly, and cannot stop flowers from prevailing as long as the overall temperature is not abnormally low.
Most deciduous trees and perennials have not arrived yet. Our flowering cherry is an exception. Its show can start as early as mid April, but more typically toward the end of April. This is the time of the year you wish you have more conifers to down play the exposed dirt/mulch without snow cover and before the bulk of the perennials arrive.
Plants of interest in April:
– Acer palmatum (varieties with interesting spring leaves and barks)
– Calluna (varieties that have colourful leaves in March and April)
– Corydalis buschii (if spring is early)
– Dicentra cucullaria
– Epimedium (the real show is in May)
– Erica (varieties that bloom in March and April)
– Lathyrus vernus
– Phlox subulata
– Pulsatilla vulgaris
– Iris reticulata
– Sanguinaria canadensis