4 - 01 - 2010
"April Showers Bring May Flowers"
With the warmer sunny days - gardeners are out in force everywhere - this is the month we wait for all year. We get to enjoy all of the fruits (flowers) of our labor and planning. April and May are the most beautiful months of the year. The birds are chirping, and the garden is coming to life - much more than just the pansies and tulips now...Happy planting!
Top things to do in April
- April 15 is last freeze date - plant with confidence.
- Planning and the right gardening in April can give way to months of enjoyment during the upcoming summer months.
- Late April and early May is the optimal time to remove dying pansies and the foliage from tulips (which do not come back in Oklahoma).
- Getting your summer plantings in by late April to mid May will give you stronger plants - this will allow them to thrive during the hot months of July and August.
- Several trips to the nursery are surely on your agenda - I once went to a nursery 5 times in one day...obsessive?
- Spring plantings of perennials, annuals, rose bushes, shrubs and trees are in full force.
- Secure climbing roses and vines - they will grow twice as fast - don't let them languish on the ground or flop around in the wind.
- Begin the transition from your spring containers to summer plantings.
- Take photos of your containers to the nursery to help you plan out which plants to purchase. If you took photos of your containers last year at the end of the year when they should have looked their very best - that can also help when purchasing plants for your containers.
Best of the Season
- Flowering trees like Redbud, Whitebud, Crab Apple
- Flowering Vines like cross vine, wisteria, clematis, jasmine
- Flowering shrubs like viburnum and snowball and spireas
- Green fescue and rye blends of grass
- Perennials - Salvias, Dianthus, Creeping Phlox, Woodland Phlox, Violets
- Pansies and Tulips
Beautiful "May Nights" perennial saliva and "Firewitch" dianthus - look at the contrast with Goldmound Spirea and Angelina sedum - hard to beat that chartreuse color with the strong purple of the salvia...this is color contrast at its very best.
You can see how early the Saliva blooms in the garden - none of the other perennials or Roses have hit their stride yet.
Spectacular example of old fashion Eastern Snowball bush - who doesn't need one of these somewhere in their garden???
Green grass - yeah!
Everything in bloom!
I spotted this show stopper at the Chicago Botanic garden in April - I didn't have my glasses on so I couldn't read the plant tag - unbelievable height achieved so early in the year.
Happy Gardening -
All My Best -