April Flowers – Introduction
April flowers are some of the first of the year, and to many are the first symbol that Spring has arrived to banish the dark and cold of Winter. Seeing the first shoots poking up out of the garden never fails to bring a smile to the face of gardeners. It often means that the ground is now suitable to work with once again, and that the soil is no longer frozen.
If you are planning a flower garden, it’s important that you include a number of April flowers so that you can begin enjoying your garden as early as possible. If you have some of the first blooms on your street, your home will become the envy of many. We’ve put together a guide describing three of the most common April flowers, with history, informative facts, and gardening recommendations.
Feel free to use this information about April flowers to help you plan out your garden. It can also be a good source of research about the three species we’ll be covering.
April Flowers – Three Common Species
These three species are some of the first to appear and are very popular amongst gardeners around the nation:
· Daffodil – The daffodil, or narcissus, is a spring-flowering bulb-based plant. The vibrant yellow blossoms of these April flowers do a great job at clearing away the winter blues. Because these are hardy plants, you can safely plant the bulbs in the autumn to ensure earliest growth. Unless you live in an uncharacteristically hostile environment, they’ll be sure to survive.
All daffodil species have a central trumpet-shaped corona surrounded by a ring of petals. The traditional and most common daffodil has a golden yellow color, although it’s possible for the corona to be of a different color, such as lime green. Breeders have developed some daffodils with a double or triple row of petals, making them resemble a small golden ball.
Any garden worth its salt will feature daffodils, as they along with the other two April flowers covered here are trademarks of the month.
· Crocus – The crocus is most often the first of the April flowers to appear. The plants grow from corms and are fairly hardy perennials, meaning that they’ll remain alive to re-grow the next year. They are found a wide range of habitats, including woodland, scrub and fields.
There are about eighty species of crocus in the world, not counting cultivated varieties. Their cup-shaped individual flowers taper off to narrow tube shape. Their color is greatly varied, although lilac, mauve, yellow and white are most commonly found.
The central stamens, which almost always appear in triplicate, are used to harvest the popular spice saffron. A large number of crocuses are required to produce a healthy amount of saffron, so you won’t manage to harvest a supply from your garden unless you have thousands of plants.
The crocus is a perfect compliment to the daffodil, as both have mild and pleasing appearances. Be sure to include them in your garden. Fortunately, the plants are small and can be staggered throughout the garden in between other plants. The result is that these April flowers will spring up amongst the other flowers in your garden, creating an attractive arrangement that will prove popular amongst friends and family.
· Tulips – The tulip is perhaps the emblem of spring to many, and easily the most popular of the April flowers. Its species are native to southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia – from Anatolia and Iran and in the east to northeast of China and Japan. They are common in gardens in all of these regions, and valued for their early growth and pleasant appearance.
Like the daffodil, tulips are perennial bulbs. You should plant them as the same time as the daffodils to ensure that both appear at the same time. A combination of tulips, daffodils and crocus in your garden completes the classic “spring” look. As other plants start to bud and bloom, these April flowers will be the centerpieces of your garden.
Tulips come in a variety of colors, but the most common for gardens are yellow, red and pink. Purple tulips are also available, and lend a unique appearance.
April Flowers – Conclusion
All of the April flowers listed above are mandatory inclusions in any spring garden, and fortunately extremely easy to grow and maintain. Tulips and daffodils will last throughout the late spring and summer, complimenting other flowers that begin to appear.
Fresh bouquets of April flowers make great gifts for Easter and Mother’s Day in May. Consider arranging for delivery of a tulip arrangement to impress and please your friends, or create your own from the April flowers in your garden. Either way, these wonderful plants will be a sure success, and will make your garden one worthy of envy.
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