Gardeners’ Top Picks April 2019

Gardeners' Top Picks April 2019

Spring has sprung, and the gardens are in full bloom here at Cheekwood! Our garden team has hand selected their top plant picks for April from 8 of our distinct gardens. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds.

Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

Primrose

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Some wet soil

Native to North America: No

Other: Great rock garden plant

Location: Herb Study Garden

False Rue Anemone (Enimion biternatum)

False Rue Anemone

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Cold temperatures

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Perfect for woodland gardens

Location: Dogwood Garden (Central Woodland)

The Rising Sun Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘JN2’)

The Rising Sun Redbud

Bloom Time: April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Colorful foliage from spring – fall

Location: Beer Garden

Korean Spice Viburrnum (Viburnum carlesii)

Korean Spice Viburrnum

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds

Tolerates: Clay soils

Native to North America: No

Other: Fragrant flowers

Location: Turner Seasons Garden

Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis)

Yoshino Cherry

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds & butterflies

Tolerates: Heat & humidity

Native to North America: No

Other: Good shade tree; highly susceptible to disease & insects

Location: Shomo-en Japanese Garden

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Virginia Bluebells

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Rabbits

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Summer dormant, overplant with ferns

Location: Howe Garden

Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinense ‘Rubrum’)

Chinese Fringe Flower

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Heat & humidity

Native to North America: No

Other: Evergreen foliage; showy flower

Location: Burr Garden

Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

Candytuft

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Perfect for rock walls

Location: Wills Perennial Garen


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