Our Top Picks for April

Spring is in full bloom and there are so many plants to choose from! It’s almost impossible to limit it to eight of our favorites, so we settled on ten (what will we do in May??) These plants epitomize spring, offering the best of spring blooms and fresh new foliage.

BLEEDING HEART

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This graceful perennial has arching stems that drip with pink, white, or red, heart-shaped flowers in late spring. A perfect addition to cottage and woodland gardens.

  • Part shade to shade

  • Average, well-drained soil; tolerates moist soil

  • 12”-36” tall and wide, depending on variety

  • Blooms in spring



PURPLE ROCK CRESS

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One of the most beautiful spring rockery plants! This evergreen cascades down rockeries, walls, and hillsides and bursts into full splendor with purple blossoms April-June.

  • Full sun to part shade

  • Well-drained soil

  • 2” tall (flowers bloom to 6” high) x 18” wide

  • Blooms April-June



FALSE SPIREA (SORBARIA SORBIFOLIA)

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Beautiful, brightly-colored foliage emerges in spring, gradually turning green as it matures. White flowers appear in late spring on this compact deciduous shrub.

  • Full to part sun

  • Average, well-drained soil; water regularly

  • 4’-6’ tall and wide

  • Blooms spring to summer



BERGENIA

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This evergreen perennial sports bright green leaves that turn burgundy in winter. Pink, white, or red flowers appear on tall stems in March and last through May.

  • Full sun to part shade or shade

  • Average, well-drained soil

  • 12” tall x up to 2’ wide

  • Blooms March-May, depending on variety



AVALANCHE CLEMATIS

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Gorgeous white flowers adorn this evergreen climbing vine in spring while deeply serrated, leathery leaves add interest to the garden year-round.

  • Full sun

  • Well-drained soil; let dry between waterings

  • 8’ tall

  • Blooms April-May



Sulphureum Barrenwort (EPIMEDIUM X VERSICOLOR ‘SULPHUREUM’ )

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This vigorous ground cover has clusters of two-toned yellow flowers and heart-shaped, evergreen leaves with a touch of red. Great for dry woodland sites.

  • Part shade to shade

  • Well-drained soil; let dry between waterings

  • 12”-15” tall x 5’-6’ wide, depending upon variety

  • Blooms March-May



MARIGOLD

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Marigold are the workhorses of the spring and summer garden with their cheery, continuous blooms. A great help in the edible garden, they deter some tomato pests!

  • Full sun

  • Average, well-drained soil

  • 8”-30” tall and wide, depending on variety

  • Blooms March-Fall if deadheaded regularly



CRIMSON FANS MUKDENIA

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An exquisite perennial with leaves that emerge bronze-green and mature to green with spectacular red edges. Small white flowers appear on short stems in early spring.

  • Part shade

  • Moist, well-drained soil

  • 12” tall x 24” wide

  • Blooms February-April



ANNUAL HANGING BASKETS

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Pre-planted baskets filled with colorful annuals (like the mini petunias pictured) add instant color and cheer to the spring and summer garden without a lot of work.

  • Full sun to shade, depending on variety

  • Water and fertilize regularly

  • 12 – 24” tall and wide, depending upon variety

  • Blooms April-Fall, depending on variety



ETERNAL FRAGRANCE DAPHNE

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This compact, evergreen shrub is covered in fragrant blush pink flowers spring to fall. Remains evergreen in temperatures above 0 degrees fahrenheit.

  • Full sun to part shade

  • Well-drained soil

  • 3’-4’ tall and wide

  • Blooms heavily April-May, lightly in summer and fall

April and May are our largest selection of flowering plants. We’d love to help you choose your plants, whether in person or on social media using #heyswansons!