As spring is in full throttle, so are many April-blooming flowers. Grown in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colors, April flowers are a staple in the spring garden. These spring beauties often require well-drained and fertile soil to flourish. Adding color and texture to a perennial bed or lining a front walkway, April flowers create a showy garden display.
Blue Spike Grape Hyacinth
Blue spike grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum 'Blue Spike') is a perennial flower with a moderate growth rate. Growing 6 to 12 inches tall and wide and blooming in April, blue spike grows in upright clumps, ideal flanking a garden path or tucked into a front bed. Blue spike grape hyacinth have double pyramidal-shaped flower heads that contain the bright blue pedicel and sit atop the pale green, erect stems. The upright and narrow leaves of blue spike are bright green. Frost-tolerant, blue spike grape hyacinth flowers can be divided after flowering to grow in other areas of the garden. They require full sun to part shade and well-drained soil that is alkaline in nature. They also require fertile and moist soils to thrive. The USDA Hardiness Zones for planting are 4 to 8.
Georgia Blue Speedwell
Georgia blue speedwell (Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue') is a perennial flower that blooms in April to produce a mass of low-growing blue flowers. Growing less than 6 inches tall and 1 to 3 feet wide, Georgia blue speedwell is an ideal flower to use as a ground cover or nestle within a rock garden. Deer- and drought-tolerant, Georgia blue speedwell attracts butterflies to the garden and tolerates a wide range of conditions, including excessive rain. The small, dark-green leaves on Georgia blue speedwell turn burgundy in winter to create a showy display. Adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions, Georgia blue speedwell requires full sun to part shade and well-drained, fertile soil. The zones for planting are 6 to 8.
Tulips (Tulipa hybrids) are an April-blooming flower that grow in a rainbow of bright colors. Ranging from 6 to 24 inches tall, tulips are ideal spring-blooming flower to grow along a perennial bed or in a cutting garden to use as fresh-cut flowers. Tulips have vessel-shaped blooms that grow in a wide range of forms including peony, single, double and fringed. Some tulip flowers are solid in color while others are striped or flamed from the base of the cup. Tulips require full sun to part shade and well-drained, fertile soil. The zones for planting are 3 to 7.