Top Plant Picks April 2022

Top Plant Picks April 2022

Spring has sprung, and our gardens are in full bloom here at Cheekwood! Cheekwood’s Plant Collections Manager, Shanna Jones, shares her top plant picks for April.

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds & butterflies

Tolerates: Deer & clay soil

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 5 – 9

Other: Grows to a height of 15 to 25 feet tall.

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Bearded Iris (Iris ‘Natchez’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Drought, once established

Native to North America: No

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: Bred by iris hybridizer, Jesse Wills, for whom the Wills Perennial Garden is named for.

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees, birds, & butterflies

Tolerates: Full sun, if roots are kept moist

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 8

Other: Native to China & Japan. Multi-seasonal interest.

Location: Weaver Walk

Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees, flies, beetles, and butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: Clump-forming perennial. Polemonium caeruleum is intolerant of heat and humidity.

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wildfire’)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Bees visit flowers for nectar. Birds enjoy the fruit.

Tolerates: Clay soil

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 9

Other: A lowland species. Amazing color on new leaves in spring as well as in the fall

Location: Howe Garden

Native Azalea (Rhododendon ‘Knap Hll’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Provides nectar for bees, hummingbirds, & butterflies.

Tolerates: Rabbits; can also tolerate more sun exposure in northern climates

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 5 – 8

Other: Slightly fragrant

Location: Weaver Walk

Bellwort (Uvularia perfoliata)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Cold temperatures

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: The leaves and young shoots are edible and taste similar to asparagus after being cooked.

Location: Howe Garden

Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Provides nectar for hummingbirds & butterflies; squirrels enjoy the nuts.

Tolerates: Clay soil

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: Hummingbirds will flock to the blooms!

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden


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