April

General Tasks

  • Be vigilant for late frosts and protect vulnerable plants.
  • Weed and hoe under hedges and in beds and borders.
  • Water plants in dry weather.
  • Sow seeds of annuals and perennials.
  • Start feeding established perennials.

Gardening in the Spring

What to do in the Garden in April

This is the time when days grow longer and warmer, so it is a busy month in the garden for both plants and gardeners alike. April is also traditionally a month when showers can be expected, however, be prepared for dry and windy spells and water plants where necessary. Also keep vigil for frosty nights and continue to protect vulnerable plants and shrubs.

Despite the unpredictable weather, many of the most colourful flowers are in bloom this month, with bulbs putting on their finest display and ornamental fruit trees covered in blossom.

Although early flowering plants, blossom and spring bulbs can give good displays in early spring; much of the interest, colour and structure in the garden will be provided by evergreens, flowering shrubs and coloured stems (see picture).

The weather should be well and truly improving, and the time has come to sow and plant a huge range of ornamental plants and vegetables. April is also an ideal time for starting new plants and dividing old stock.

Make room for new growth by removing weeds and tidying-up flowerbeds and borders, under hedges and around shrubs.

Pay special attention to the lawn, if you have not already done so. Mow the grass more frequently and apply a spring feed. There is still time to sow a lawn or lay turf, if you did not do it in March.

Keep seedlings free of weeds using the hoe at first sign of trouble.
Colourful shrubbery in early April

Colourful shrubbery display in early April - RHS Garden Hyde Hall

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UK Gardens Open in April

Knightshayes Court (Devon)

Knightshayes Court Garden

Avebury Manor (Wiltshire)

Avebury Manor Gardens

Grimsthorpe Castle (Lincs)

Grimsthorpe Castle Formal Gardens

Threave Garden (Scotland)

Daffodils at Threave