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Your April Garden

The spring season in the garden is now well under way, with each passing month bringing more colour and vibrancy as well as more important activities to get going with.

Read our guide to April gardening jobs to find out what to do now, what to plant this month and helpful gardening tips from our Hillier experts to keep your garden at its best.

What to Enjoy Now

Pieris ‘Forest Flame’ 

Gardening is as much about appreciating the beautiful now as planning and planting for the future. Enjoy these plants in your garden and home this month:

Flowering Now

Hillier tip: Pulmonarias are great for adding colour to a shady spot and, with plenty of flowers, are loved by bees. Look for varieties such as ‘Majeste’, with very white leaves and violet, blue and pink flowers or ‘Blue Ensign’, which has very blue flowers on plain green leaves


What to Plant Now

Rhododendrons in beautiful bloom

Preparation is still an important part of garden activity in April, though with the weather warming there are rapidly increasing number of things you can plant in both the flower and vegetable garden.

What to Plant for Instant Impact

Gardening is often about the patient process of growing from seed, bulb or small plant and nurturing it over time. If you want to balance this out with immediate colour, foliage and scale in your garden, you can always find larger plants and those in bloom right now for instant impact.

Simply browse the ‘flowering now’ list above. Many of these plants will be available from the Garden Centre for immediate enjoyment and, once planted, should continue to develop year after year.

What to Plant for Future Interest

Hillier Tip: Both 9cm and 1litre herbaceous plants are a cost-effective way to add summer colour to your garden

Grow Your Own

Spring is here and the garden is bursting into life! If you haven’t started to sow vegetable seeds there is still plenty of time and if you sowed seeds indoors in early spring, many will now be ready to plant out. Read more about growing this month in our April Guide to ‘Grow Your Own’.

Hillier Tip: One of the secrets to successful growing is preparation. Dig over the soil to improve its structure and alleviate compaction. Remove weeds, roots and debris as you dig. Incorporate plenty of compost or well-rotted manure, then finally rake the surface of the soil so it is level with a loose, crumbly texture. 

Sow Indoors

Sow Outdoors

Hillier Tip: For a continuous supply, sow seeds every couple of weeks from early April into late spring.  

Hillier Tip: If you are planning on growing carrots, leave an area of soil manure-free, as manure can cause their roots to fork and distort.

Harvest Now

Hillier tip: See the planting and harvesting times for many of our most loved vegetable and salad plants in our Seed Sowing Calendar.

What to Do in the Garden

As the weather and soil warms, there are more and more enjoyable activities to do in the garden in April.

Plants to Prune

Hillier tip: When deadheading daffodils and tulips, leave the foliage in place as this will feed the bulbs for the next year

Plants to Feed

Plants to Protect

Lawncare & Gardencare

Hillier tip: For your first cut of the lawn, set the blades higher than usual. You want to be gentle to protect the roots of the grass, which will be soft and delicate after winter. Read more in our ‘Guide to a Perfect Lawn

Birds and Wildlife

Spring is the key breeding season for birds, which means a change in their care and food needs. Migratory birds will be arriving back and will need feeds that are high in protein and essential oils to refuel their bodies after the long flight.

Monthly Tool Checklist

Some of the essential garden tools and products we recommend to have ready in your shed.

For growing potatoes (planting out once chitting is complete):

For sowing indoors:

For sowing outdoors:

For pruning:

For lawncare:

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