In My Garden (Zone 7-8)
We have made it through winter! Hooray! It is always hard for me to express just how excited I am to see the month of April arrive in my garden. Things change so quickly in the garden during April. One year my husband and I went to see some relatives in Idaho for a week. It was 5 degrees at night there. I was so starved for green that when I got home late at night I walked around the yard with a flashlight, checking on my plants. My neighbor called me and said, “There’s someone snooping around in your garden!” “It’s me! I’m home! I’m visiting my plants!” I said.
Even though the worst is over, there are still some issues to consider this month. And plants to buy!
Beware the Cold Snap
Here are some new selections I’m adding to the garden this year.
Ballerina Ruffles Hellebore
I love hellebores. They’re evergreen in our growing zone, and, as one of the first perennials to bloom in the spring, give me something to look forward to each spring. Double bloomers are stunning, and this one is no exception. I have just the spot for it!
Berry Canary Digiplexis
I grew some Digiplexis last year and they were phenomenal. I love foxglove, and I’m always sad when they’re done blooming in the spring, but Digiplexis blooms all summer. Mine got hot afternoon sun, but morning shade last year. They were planted in one of the least hospitable sections of the garden and grew really well, so they’re a winner in my book and I want more!
I have a weird sunlight situation in a lot of my garden. Part of the garden gets really hot mid-day sun but is dappled shade the rest of the day. Perilla seems to grow well in that area, so I’m going to try this new color combo this year.
Merry Go Round Grape Vinca
Vinca is my go-to annual. Again, because they grow well in the strange sunlight conditions of my garden. They need well-drained soil, so in the swampy, jungle-like rains we had last summer the vinca didn’t do so well. However, I am undeterred. Near the end of this month, I’ll plant it again and enjoy the easy-care color. (Vinca likes it warm. Don’t plant too early!)