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Spring is a magical time when so many plants emerge from their winter dormancy to produce a show of flowers. None is more exciting than Epimedium x perralchicum 'Fröhnleiten' when its thin, wiry flowering stems uncurl from the base of the dormant plant and produce small, deep yellow flowers with prominent anthers. As the flowers begin to fade the fresh new foliage emerges which has bright, coppery red shading between the conspicuous green veins, producing a dazzling effect.

Spring should now be in evidence, with daffodils in flower and blossom adorning trees. Expect the inevitable ‘April showers’ but the frequent sunny days and rising temperatures to make it perfect gardening weather. It's an exciting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth, and it's also time to start sowing outdoors. Just watch out for frosts.

Direct Gardens offer a professional garden design service which is specifically tailored to your needs, providing shrub and planting advice, designs and planting plans, from a small area to a full-size garden.

We will work with you so you have something that meets your requirements, from the traditional cottage garden to a contemporary city garden.

Plant of the month - Epimedium x perralchicum 'Fröhnleiten'


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Chaenomeles speciosa 'Moerloosei'

Top 10 jobs for April

  1.     Keep weeds under control
  2.     Protect fruit blossom from late frosts
  3.     Tie in climbing and rambling roses
  4.     Sow hardy annuals and herb seeds
  5.     Start to feed citrus plants
  6.     Increase the water given to houseplants
  7.     Feed hungry shrubs and roses
  8.     Sow new lawns or repair bare patches
  9.     Prune fig trees
  10.     Divide bamboos and waterlilies

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Lanarth'

Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)