Plants Of The Month - April

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae

This Euphorbia plant that will thrive in dry shade where little else will. More importantly though, the sulphur-yellow flowers that appear above the dark green foliage in spring, really add splashes of vibrant colour to borders. Its network of running roots enables it to ramble across the ground, self seeding as it goes, so it will eventually form large, handsome drifts as it matures.

Helleborus

Forming naturalistic drifts through a woodland floor, or filling gaps at the front of a partially shaded border. It looks its best in late winter and early spring, so it makes a great under-planting for deciduous shrubs that are still trying to get their act together. Try mixing it with spring flowering bulbs, which will push their way up through the attractive, evergreen foliage to add even more of a splash to the seasonal display.


Dicentra spectabilis 

In partially shaded spots, the light green, lacy foliage forms tight, ground-covering clumps, which mix easily with other 'edge of woodlanders' such as ferns, hostas, and foxgloves. It is the arching sprays of pendulous, heart-shaped flowers that seem to dangle enticingly from the stems like tiny jewels.

Magnolia × soulangeana
 

An adaptable multi-stemmed shrub, with a maximum height of around 6m. This beautiful plant should definitely be up near the top of the shortlist when trying to choose what tree to use in a small garden.

Vinca minor 'Gertrude Jekyll'
 

With its compact habit, the luminous pure white flowers contrast beautifully with the rich green foliage. The flowers will also illuminate a dark corner better than anything else. This low-growing woodland perennial is also seen often in shades of blue.
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