With winter passing, it is natural that gardeners are itching to get outside and start seeding and planting their worries out. In fact, I’m one such gardener, and when spring hits, I tend to go on a planting spree.
This is why I’m giving you ten plants to brighten the garden in April so that you can prepare for the upcoming season.
This genus is broad and can be either annual or perennial flower. April is a great time to plant it, and it will brighten up the garden with its vibrant yellow or orange shade. Also, its flowers are edible and will attract beneficial insects, such as bees.
It can be planted in spring, and since there are no special requests regarding soil, it is easy to grow. The only thing you need to look after is to provide it with enough sunlight.
Another beautiful flower to plant in April, daylily will bring much-needed diversity. Since it grows in hundreds of varieties, you can easily combine them and have a nice-looking pattern in your garden (it even rhymes!).
When it comes to caring, it can tolerate drought and lack of sun, but the only downfall is that it will bloom twice per year at most. However, as long as it blooms, it will be worth it.
Is there a better way to counter all those yellow and orange shades which will bring two previously noted flowers than with a dash of beautiful and yet oddly looking purple Astilbe? They are grown as perennial plants, and the main advantage of those is that they thrive in waterlogged areas.
Therefore, if you have a piece of land where there is always extra water gathered, there’s no reason for you not to try and grow a bush of those. Their feather-like blossoms will definitely liven up space.
Why plant only flowers? Tomatoes are viable at this time of the year as well. All you need to look after is that there are no sudden frosts which can damage or kill the plant. Now, tomatoes might seem like “just some vegetable”, but remember that there are shrub varieties which can look interesting.
You can lift the things by the notch and combine tomatoes with French marigold, since the second will cover the scent of the first, thus protecting it from pests. And they look nice when paired!
We’re lifting thins up a bit. Literally! Why spread your plants horizontally, when you can go up, and accent specific part of your garden? I can’t remember better vegetable for this purpose than beans.
Since they have pale green color, they will fit in nicely. Also, by building a trellis, you are opening space for other climbing plants such as zucchini or cucumbers.
Now imagine this picture. On one side of your yard you have great-looking beans which are progressing nicely, with their shy white flowers, and on the other, opposing to them, you have an explosion of colors, in the form of Clematis.
All these climbers need is some well-worked garden soil, and they will progress. However, mind that the essential oils they contain can cause skin irritation, so wear gloves, just in case.
Let me be honest, this plant doesn’t have a dashing looks of daylilies and the rest, but it is beneficial for making comfrey tea. April is an excellent period to start growing them, and if you wonder, all you need is water and some swampy area of your garden.
You can even kill two birds with one stone, and combine Comfrey and Astilbe since they need similar conditions. Just be careful to keep Comfrey checked, since it is very invasive, and can suffocate the partnering plant.
No, I’m not talking about smartphone processor, but rather about Antirrhinum genus. They are also called dragon flowers, due to the resemblance of this mythical creature. At the end, who wouldn’t love to have a dragon in his garden?
When it comes to conditions, these will grow on almost any soil and are known to thrive in otherwise inhospitable places, such as rocky areas. You can make some nice-looking regions with only a few rocks and snapdragons.
Why would anybody grow corn in his backyard? It is true that this cereal is intended as cattle food, but hear me out on this. Corn grows fast, that’s a fact. And it can grow tall, depending on the variety.
Speaking of variety, some from the group of flint corn can have multi-colored patterns so that you can use them for this purpose. Also, squashes are great companions to these plants.
There are some flowers which are forgotten, without the right cause. One such is Chicory. It is close relative to sunflowers and dandelions. Among its many uses, it can be grown as a substitute for coffee.
Since Chicory is a weed by origin, it can grow almost anywhere, but to make it grow better, be sure that you have provided organic fertilizer, and mulch. This will prevent other weeds to grow and compete with it.
So, there it is. Ten plants to brighten the garden in April are at your disposal. These will undoubtedly improve the looks of your land, and some will also be a valuable source of food. So, why not to give it a go?
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