April

  • Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex'

(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)
– Anemone
– Bergenia
– Calluna (varieties that have colourful leaves in March and April)
– Conifers
– Corydalis buschii (if spring is early)
– Dicentra cucullaria
– Epimedium (the real show is in May)
– Erica (varieties that bloom in March and April)
– Fordythia
– Helleborus
– Heuchera
– Lathyrus vernus
– Narcisses
– Phlox subulata
– Primula
– Prunus
– Pulmonaria
– Pulsatilla vulgaris
– Iris reticulata
– Rhododendron
– Sanguinaria canadensis
– Scilla
– Viola

Corydalis buschii

Corydalis buschii


Acer palmatum 'Shin deshojo' with Cornus florida 'Rubra'  (through the sunroom window)

Acer palmatum ‘Shin deshojo’ with Cornus florida ‘Rubra’ (through the sunroom window)(through the sunroom window)


Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea'

Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’


Conifers and heucheras

Conifers and heucheras


Helleborus 'Mrs. Betty Ranicar'

Helleborus ‘Mrs. Betty Ranicar’


Primula denticulata

Primula denticulata


Rhododendron 'Mary Fleming'

Rhododendron ‘Mary Fleming’


Lathyrus vernus

Lathyrus vernus


Epimedium x "Rubrum'

Epimedium x “Rubrum’


Rhododendron 'April Rose'

Rhododendron ‘April Rose’


Primula florindae 'Red Shade'

Primula florindae ‘Red Shade’


Erica ?

Erica ?


Heuchera 'Mahogany'

Heuchera ‘Mahogany’


Viola etc.

Viola etc.


Acer palmatum 'Canadale'

Acer palmatum ‘Canadale’


Pulmonaria saccharata 'Excalibur'

Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Excalibur’


Dicentra cucullaria

Dicentra cucullaria


Arabis ferdinandi-coburg variegata

Arabis ferdinandi-coburg variegata


Narcisses

Narcisses


Forsythia

Forsythia

Phlox subulata

Phlox subulata


Calluna vulgaris 'Winter Fire' in April

Calluna vulgaris ‘Winter Fire’ in April


Erica in April

Erica in April

2 comments


  1. CATHY MCKAY
    March 27, 2017 | 1:47 pm
    Reply

    I LIVE IN FAIRVIEW TX-NORTH OF DALLAS BY 30 MILES. DO THESE GARDENS WORK IN MY #9 CLIMATE? IF NOT, WHICH SITE COULD YOU STEER ME TO.
    I LOVE YOUR SITEā€¦I JUST FOUND IT!! LOVELY


    • garcan
      March 27, 2017 | 9:47 pm
      Reply

      Thanks for your kind comments.
      You are located in an area with far more favourable weather for garden making than me. Unfortunately, I really do not have any experience on gardening in warmer climate to offer meaningful helps, but I do envy you for a much greater varieties of plants you can grow in your area. As for website on gardening in your area, perhaps you can take a look at this, at least for the type of plants you can use: Central Texas Gardening

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