Showers of Colour This April

Posted by on 28 March 2017 | Comments

Busy, busy, busy time in the garden and thoughts of the colours and schemes for your outdoor space are beckoning. Here are a few plants of interest for April colour.

Ribes sanguineum King Edward VII  (Flowering Currant)

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Deciduous upright shrub with pendant clusters of cerise-red flowers in April-May. The flower buds develop on the previous years growth so do not prune Summer/Autumn or Winter, best immediately after flowering if needed. Height to 2.4m, spread 2m. Prefers full sun, but will tolerate light-shade. Free draining soil preferred.

Magnolia stellate  (Star Magnolia)

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A deciduous shrub / small tree producing masses of beautiful star-shaped pure-white blooms on bare branches during April. Green foliage follows for the rest of Spring & Summer. Ideal for large containers or the smaller garden.

Rhododendron species

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Earlier flowering varieties

Whether it be a dwarf or tall evergreen shrub, Rhododendrons rarely fail to delight. Clusters of fluted flowers April & May en-mass, in a vast array of bright colours. Best in semi-shade and prefer acidic soil.  Some species are also suitable for growing in containers. Low maintenance and generally pest & disease free.