Gardeners’ Top Picks April 2020

Gardeners' Top Picks April 2020

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.

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida ‘Autumn Gold’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds & butterflies

Tolerates: Deer & clay soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Birds love the berries that follow flowering.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum ‘Max Frei’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Rabbits, deer & clay soil

Native to North America: No

Other: Great plant for rock gardens.

Zones: 3 – 8

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Geum (Geum ‘Tim’s Tangerine’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Will bloom in spring and again in fall.

Zones: 5 – 7

Location: Turner Seasons Garden

Bearded Iris (Iris ‘Beverly Sills’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer & drought

Native to North America: No

Other: Dykes Medal award winner

Zones: 3 – 9

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees & hummingbirds

Tolerates: Deer & drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Can create a spectacularly vibrant early spring groundcover.

Zones: 3 – 9

Location: Howe Garden

Manchurian Lilac (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies & hummingbirds

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Lilacs are extremely fragrant. This cultivar is mildew resistant.

Zones: 3 – 8

Location: Frist Learning Center: Rock Wall

Japanese Kerria (Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Deer & heavy shade

Native to North America: No

Other: Excellent as either a specimen or a hedge planting.

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Sunshine Blue’)

Bloom Time: April

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Birds & butterflies

Tolerates: High pH soils

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Best usage is as an ornamental plant. Does not have a high fruit production.

Zones: 6 – 10

Location: Herb Study Garden


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