What should I be planting in April?

Planting in April

With April being typically temperamental in weather – both with those traditional April showers, and the odd burst of sunshine (we can but hope!), it’s a great time to get out in the garden.
At Salhouse Garden Centre, in Norwich, we continue our tips for what to include in your monthly gardening plan.
Looking toward your vegetable garden, things are starting to look healthier, and now’s the time to plant out your pot grown broad beans, and earth up early potatoes.
Aside from your veggie patch, April is time to prick out your annuals sown over the past few weeks, once you’re satisfied that they have developed their first true leaves.

You’ll do well this month to divide congested clumps of Hostas, and other herbaceous perennials will respond well to being divided now e.g. Asters, Rudbeckias and Monardas.

You may also start off Dahlia tubers under cover and it’s wise to prune any shrubs which have finished flowering, e.g. Forsythia.

Towards the end of month, start planting up hanging baskets, but keep them under cover, protecting them from frosts.

You’ll probably notice this yourself, but increase your frequency of mowing lawns, as laborious as that job can sometimes be! April is also a good month for sowing grass seed or laying turf.
If you haven’t gotten round to feeding your roses, do it now if not already done so…
…and one last word of caution: watch out for whitefly in the greenhouse!