What can be planted in April? Gardening experts reveal their go-to flowers

Ready to start digging? There are important things to be aware of before learning what can be planted in April

Photos of flowers, tulips, sunflowers, and daffodils, that can be planted in April
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Wondering what can be planted in April? 

Before you make your way to the nursery to bring your floral Pinterest board to life, there are important factors to consider. Certain blooms are more equipped to handle April conditions than others, which is why we brought in the pros for their advice. 

As you work your way towards the small garden ideas of your dreams, keep these pointers in your back pocket (along with a cute pair of gardening gloves, of course).

What can be planted in April? Try these 5 florals

Days are getting longer and the soil is getting warmer, making it an optimal time to get your hands dirty, according to Gene Caballero, co-founder of GreenPal. But what can be planted in April is heavily dependent on location and what gardening zone you're in, which determines what you can plant as perennials vs annuals. 

But it pays to be attentive and start your work early, according to Jane Dobbs, team lead gardening at Allan's Gardeners.

"When you plant flowers in April, they get a head start on establishing strong roots before the heat of summer," she says. "Getting a head start early makes them bigger, stronger, and bloom earlier. Pick flowers that are suited to your local climate."

Start your backyard ideas by cleaning up and wiping away any debris, Jane recommends. Note that bulbs should be planted two to three times their own depth, while annuals and perennials should be planted at the same depth. Per the pros at The Home Depot, you can opt to start with seeds indoors before transferring them outdoors when warmer weather comes, depending on your preferences. However, opting to start with a plant saves time, but the proper conditions are needed for them to succeed.  

Gene Caballero
Gene Caballero

Gene Caballero is co-founder of Green Pal, a platform connecting customers to lawn care experts in their area throughout the United States. With such diverse areas to cover, Gene is well-versed in specific greenery needs for various environments. 

Jane Dobbs
Jane Dobbs

In her 10 years as a gardener, Jane's work has been her passion. She is responsible for leading the gardening team at Allan's Gardeners and managing all PR and content related to professional gardening.

1. Sunflowers

Sunflowers in a field with a sunset in the back

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Nikhil Arora, co-founder/co-ceo of Back to the Roots, recommends going the cheery route with sunflowers when determining what can be planted in April. 

"They offer bright and cheerful blooms, and bring joy to any space," he says of the florals, which are good for beginners or pros. "They can be easily cultivated indoors or in small outdoor areas like balconies or patios."

We certainly hope you're planning to take a look at our 10 creative apartment garden ideas for your balcony or tiny patio, on that note. Plus, sunflowers aren't a selfish selection.

"Beyond their bright beauty, sunflowers are beneficial buddies in your garden," says Evan Torchio, CEO, founder at Tree Menders. "They attract pollinators like bees and butterflies with their big blooms, helping other plants flourish. Their tall stalks can even act as a living support for climbing vines like beans or cucumbers."

You can purchase Burpee Annual Sunflower Mammoth Seeds at The Home Depot or a Back to the Roots Organic Sunflower Grow Kit from Target

Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez
Nikhil Arora

Nikhil Arora is the co-founder and CEO of Back to the Roots, the world's largest millennial gardening company. The goal is to help "reconnect every family and kid back to where food comes from by helping them experience the magic of growing it themselves — no green thumb or backyard needed."

Evan Torchio

Growing up in northern Ontario, Evan has always found solace around trees. He earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry and is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Evan started his career in arboriculture working for a family-owned operation, before starting Tree Menders. Today, his passion is building a successful business where customer satisfaction is top of mind.

2. Pansies

Purple and white pansies

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Whether you're thinking of a container garden plan or need some vibrancy around your borders, Jane says pansies a wonderful way to get instant color. But more than their beautiful hues is their resilience. 

"Pansies are excellent choices as they can handle the still-cool nights and add instant color to your garden," Gene adds. 

Venture to The Home Depot for Metrolina Greenhouses' Three-Pack 2 Qt. Pansy Blotch Mix Annual Plants

3. Tulips

Yellow and pink tulip fields

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If you're wondering "What can be planted in April," ask yourself this: "What springtime garden is complete without tulips?" Answer: none. 

"Spring tulips are known for their brilliant colors and elegant blooms," Jane notes. "They'll do best in well-drained soil and full sun."

Amazon sells Three Company Store's Live Flowering Tulips in a 2-pack. 

4. Daffodils

Yellow daffodils

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Daffodils are practically a necessity come springtime, so we asked the pros how to plant daffodil bulbs for the best success. Plus, they manage to do well in a variety of soils and handle warm weather like champs, according to Jane.

Target sells Van Zyverden 5ct Daylilies ReBlooming Stella De'Oro Roots that work well for large pots or garden beds. 

5. Marigolds

orange marigolds

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"Marigolds are easy to care for, and their bright blooms also help deter garden pests," says Teri Valenzuela, natural science manager at Sunday Lawn Care. "These selections allow gardeners to enjoy a range of blooms and benefits, making the garden a colorful palette in early spring."

Pure Beauty Farm's Marigold Plant Orange Flower in 4.5 in. Grower's Pot from The Home Depot is a good place to start. 

Teri Valenzuela
Teri Valenzuela

Teri is the natural science manager at Sunday Lawn Care, which will help you achieve the green lawn of your dreams without toxic chemicals.

Tips for April gardening

Now that you've learned what can be planted in April, you'll have to remain proactive about a variety of factors, according to Teri, including soil conditions and fertilization. A a vegetable and tomato fertilizer like Sunday's Veggie Starter Kit and Sunday's WonderFert Flower Garden Fertilizer should be applied roughly every four to six weeks. Make sure you are watering the florals weekly and keeping an eye on the soil. 

And, should another cold spell come swooping in, which hopefully it won't, you should know how to protect plants from frost.

"If there's a sudden frost after planting, cover your freshly planted flowers with frost cloth or a blanket," Jane says. "As soon as the temperature rises above freezing, take off the covering."

With beautiful blooms come critters, most of whom are not welcome. We have five non-toxic pest control solutions to help keep uninvited guests at bay. 

Danielle Valente
Content Editor

Pleasure to meet you! I'm Danielle, a content editor at Real Homes who loves scoping out interior trends. I've specialized in lifestyle writing and editing for 10 years with a focus on events, food, and books, among other areas. When I'm not working, I'm usually cooking, reading, or searching for a new project for my apartment.