April is a glorious month in Central Texas. We are still enjoying pleasant temperatures with some occasional out of season highs. The garden at this time is at its peak as far as blooms are concerned. Many of these blooms are care-free or need minimum attention. They have been dormant, and the regular rain is bringing them back to life.
Join me as I walk you through my April garden with its gorgeous blooms and mood-lifting fragrance.
Black Foot Daisy
This beautiful white flower with a yellow center is one of the first bloomers in central texas. It grows as a low mounding bush, one foot in height and two feet in diameter. It is a drought-tolerant perennial with low maintenance that attracts bees and butterflies, which makes it one of the first plants to consider for a butterfly garden. Worth to mention that it is from the sunflower family.
This medicinal flower tries hard to survive in my central Texas garden. It is covered with powdery mildew at this time of the year, due to the warming temperatures and high humidity. Nonetheless, the blooms keep coming the more I dead-head it.
It is also known as Pot Marigold since it belongs to the marigold family. The bright yellow or orange flowers with double petals add brightness to the garden. Calendula needs some extra attention in the warm weather. You may treat it as annual or a perennial, depending on how much effort you are willing to put in.
This elegant little flower, so resilient to the harsh weather despite its delicate appearance. It grows into a small mounding bush with colorful lacy-looking flowers over beautiful green foliage. To ensure continuous blooms keep deadheading the spent flowers.
Also known as Sweet Williams, Dianthus has a sweet to it. It is biennial or a short-lived perennial, meaning it lives two seasons then gives up to seeding.
It does come in a variety of colors, deep burgundy, pink, red, and white, white with a shade of pink.
Daylilies are not true lilies, named like so for their similar appearance to Lilies. They live as perennial in central texas and bloom twice, first in Spring then again in Fall.
The one in my garden has orange blooms that look like Asiatic lilies. The flower lives only for one day, but then another one opens the next day. Keep deadheading the spent blooms to encourages a continuous flowering.
Daylilies are another care-free plant. It is worth adding to the flower garden since even the foliage adds interest during the dormant time.
Snapdragons are a must to have in a cut-flower garden. They bloom on a long stalk, starting from the bottom, making their way to the top. They come in a breath-taking variety of colors; red, yellow, pink, peach, and white. They also emit a sweet fragrance attracting bees and hummingbirds.
Due to their long erect stalk, they tend to lean over when full of blooms. Make sure to stake them to keep them straight.
Snapdragons are annuals once the blooming time is over, the foliage will look sickly. Pull the plant out and discard, then plant new ones in the fall. You may choose to start your seed around September.
They belong to the iris family, and like Iris, they are care-free flowers. Plant them in the fall and let them be. In the spring, they start shooting beautiful stalks holding the blooms. The flowers open up gradually from bottom to top, proving plenty of time to enjoy them as the color unveils.
Once the flower is dead, cut the stem down but keep the foliage intact. The latter feeds the bulb/rhizome through photosynthesis, resulting in more bulbs for next season.
There is another kind of gladiola that I am eager to try, and that is Byzantine Gladiola. It is fuller and more robust than its sister.
Irises flower from March until the end of April. Once the flowering stage is over, cut the stem down, but keep the foliage intact. This ensures the growth of the rhizome, resulting in more blooms the following season.
Larkspur can be considered a wildflower. Plant it from seed once, and you will have them coming every year, everywhere in the garden. In case you don’t like the invading aspect of this plant, the seedlings are easy to pull out and transplant elsewhere or give-away.
They are a great choice as cut flowers, with a slightly sweet scent. They go well with snapdragons in a flower arrangement.
Another care-free perennial with a bonus of being drought tolerant. It showed up uninvited in my garden, but I did not regret it. It puts on a great show throughout the hot season. Butterflies and bees enjoy hovering around it.
The flowers are white with a yellow center. They stand on a long stem, which makes them candidates as cut flowers.
Pink Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose is another wildflower of Texas, which acts as ground cover during the spring. The cup-shaped flower is sensual and delicate, with pale pink petals and a yellow center. They die back once the scorching heat strikes but then come back stronger every year.
A climbing perennial that makes a great statement if planted at a gate or an arbor. The little star-like white flowers stand out on the deep shiny green foliage. They also have a sweet scent that attracts bees.
One word of advice is to be patient. Star jasmine takes some time to establish itself, but once done, it does not need any extra care.
Do you any of these flowers in your garden? how do they perform for you? Do you have other flowers to add t this list? Please, share in the comments below.