Crown Imperial, surely the most eye catching flowering plant of April, very majestic in appearance, and fully hardy in Aberdeen.
They come in shades of orange and yellow, flowering April/May. The orange flowering ones seem to become established more quickly than the yellows. Read more…
Choosing woodland plants can be great fun, although sometimes frustrating when the plant you are seeking is not to be found in your local garden centres. For example Epimediums a fascinating genus of plants from the Berberidaceae family, but not that easy to come by.
Epimedium Grandiflorum this species is deciduous and the new growth rises in early spring shortly after which, the yellow flowers emerge. Leaves are flushed reddish-bronze when young but colour up to a fresh green when mature. Flowers are borne in short racemes and can vary a little in colour.
In early Spring cut back the old leaves to get the best out of the emerging fresh foliage. (Grandiflorum also to be found with flowers in shades of purple)
Position – Dappled shade
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Height – 40cm
Flowering – April/May
Soil – Humus rich moist yet free draining