April is typically a good time to start planning your landscape and the design of your yard. You can select from many different types of flowers to plant in April. Use ground cover flowers for barren areas of your yard. Use scented and colourful flowers for entrance ways or flowerbeds. Border flowers are ideal to add to any flower bed or along a fence.
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Pansies come in a large number of varieties for shapes and colours. They're a short plant that is excellent for borders on flower beds and bulb beds. Plant pansies in during April, after frost warnings have passed for your particular planting zone. Use pansies for borders, flower beds, container pots and at the base of mailboxes.
Pulmonaria or Blue Ensign
Do you need ground cover in a shady spot of the yard? Pumonaria, also known as Blue Ensign is perfect to plant in April in bare spots under trees, along fences or the base of mailboxes. This plant is tolerant of most soil conditions and spreads rapidly.
The Dicentra Spectabilis blooms with a spray of beautiful pink flowers that look almost like hearts. The plant is tolerant of various soil conditions and does well as a ground covering. You can mix it with the blue Ensign to create an area of blue and pink flowers mixed to create a dramatic look.
Archways, gazebos and decks are ideal areas to plant Akebia Quinata flowers during April. The deep maroon or burgundy colour of the flower clusters provide an excellent covering for these areas of your yard. The Akebia Quinata flowers are notorious for their heavy scent of vanilla or chocolate.
The Akebia Quinata flowers are ideal for entrance ways because of the heavy scent. Another advantage to these flowers is their evergreen quality. While they bloom in the spring, the winter months there are green stems. This means the area you use them in is always filled with foliage.
Sweet Williams or Wee Willies
Attract butterflies or hummingbirds to your yard by planting Sweet Williams or Wee Willies in full sun during April. The striking shades of reds, pinks and white make these a great addition to your yard for a wildlife habitat or to just enjoy their natural colours.
Use Sweet Williams for cut flower arrangements throughout the blooming season. They're light scent will enhance any room in your home and even be pleasant during a formal dinner as the table centrepiece.
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