In the April garden, with brighter evenings, we will have more time to get out into the garden and tackle jobs that we have not been able to do for a while due to the extreme cold this spring.
The temperature will rise slowly and once it gets over 6-8 degrees you will see rapid green growth on all your trees, shrubs and the Lawn. This is the time to feed plants now as they surge into fresh growth. Prune back your Roses now to about 15cm | 6 inches and feed with Rose fertiliser
This fertiliser is also very good for flowering shrubs and fruit bushes. Some garden favourite shrubs will start to bloom in gardens over the coming weeks and it is worthwhile adding some of these to your garden if it needs some colour now:
The first shrub you will see is Forsythia with its bright yellow flowers. This is closely followed by the Red Flowering Currant and then the Bridal Wreath Spiraea will explode with 1000’s of snow white flowers .
For something smaller consider the perennial wallflower Erysimum Bowles Mauve which nearly flowers the whole year !
There is also a lovely fragrant yellow form of this now available aptly called Fragrant Sunshine and Convolvulus cneorum will soon start with its snow white flowers and silky silver leaves.
Speaking of fragrance,......contd