8 Things To Plant In April To Keep Your Garden Flourishing

Written by Patrick MacFarland
Published: April 1, 2024
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You step out of your house into the backyard and you see a garden that needs flourishing. You can plant many things to ensure your garden looks amazing during springtime. After all, April is the height of springtime. And springtime is when the bees come to enjoy the flowers, and the birds hang out near the plants, hoping to spot a worm. But you can also enjoy the garden with a myriad of plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. With planting vegetables, your garden can serve several purposes. Your garden will look spectacular! Let’s take a look at the eight things to plant in April to keep your garden flourishing. We’ll review some plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables that will make your garden look beautiful.


Astilbe japonica red sentinel in garden. Red flowers of Astilbe japonica.

These flowers, also known as false spirea, give out a nice aroma sure to keep your garden smelling nice.


The astilbe, which is also known as the false goat’s beard, is a flowering plant that comes in various colors. April is a perfect time to plant these to ensure a colorful springtime and summer in your garden. These flowering plants love the shade, so make sure you plant them in a place where they will get sun, but not too much. The astilbe is native to Asian and North American woodland areas.


This flower comes in several colors, but also in several names including traveler’s joy, old man’s beard, and virgin’s bower.


The clematis, otherwise known as the leather flower, is a plant with about 380 species. They are native to China and Japan and are perfect flowers for you to plant in April. There is slight toxicity to these plants, but Native Americans used it to treat migraine headaches. These plants need the bright sun to shine on them constantly. Just be sure to mulch around the roots to ensure moisture and the soil from drying up.


Cosmos are native to Mexico and you may notice they look like sunflowers since they are part of the sunflower family.


We’re not talking about the drink here, although once you have planted these beautiful flowers, you can enjoy the view while you sip on a Cosmo. Cosmos are perfect to brighten up your garden during springtime. They come in all types of colors from pink to purple, red to orange. These flowers love the sun, so make sure you plant them where the sun will shine brightly. Although native to Mexico, you can find them growing anywhere now.



The Daylily (Hemerocallis) is a beautiful flower that is native to Asia. These flowers bloom the best when they are planted in the springtime. April is the perfect opportunity to plant these colorful flowers of orange, yellow, and red because they will be able to bloom all spring and summer. Daylilies need the full sun for them to thrive, so make sure you plant them somewhere where the sun will shine brightly on them.


This vegetable was domesticated in the Middle East, but many ancient civilizations like the Romans and Greeks grew it.


Beets, known as beetroot in many countries, are a perfect vegetable to plant in your garden. It will give it variety and more color, too. Not only that but if you’re not a fan of beets, you can always plant something in the beet family like spinach or Swiss chard. These vegetables need to be planted where a lot of sun will be on them, so they can thrive and provide you with an amazing harvest throughout summertime.


Carrots have immense health benefits and should be mixed in with diets for healthy eating.

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Besides plants and flowers, you can also plant vegetables to make your garden feel more whole. Carrots are always a good idea. Not only are they good for your health, but they also can spice up your garden by adding a little orange (or even red) to it. When it’s warm and sunny, that’s when the carrot roots will start to thrive. The best part is that if you plant these beautiful vegetables in April, they will be ready for harvest by summer.


Group of fresh organically grown vidalia sweet onion in the farmer market at Puyallup, Washington, USA. A close up full frame of onion. This is named as Georgia's official state vegetable in 1990

Onions are delicious vegetables that hail from western Asia and have been around for thousands of years.

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Wondering what other vegetables to plant in your garden? Look no further than onions. These vegetables are good for you — lower cancer risk, lower heart problems, strengthen bones, and other things. They also give your garden a fuller look. Onions love the sun and they will thrive in warmer temperatures. Onions grow quite fast, so expect to harvest soon after planting. You can soon enjoy onions in a delicious burger or a salad.


Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) growing in garden

The delicious rhubarb pie has been around in the UK since English farmers started cultivating the plant in the 1600s.


Rhubarbs are a perfect plant to put in your garden for April. Not only can you use this stalk for stews or as a side dish, but you can also make a delicious rhubarb pie. The best part is the rhubarb will be ready soon after being planted, so you can enjoy it all summer long. Rhubarbs are native to the colder climates of Asia, so don’t worry about those April showers or that June gloom.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Jaclyn Vernace/Shutterstock.com

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Patrick Macfarland is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel, geography, and history. Patrick has been writing for more than 10 years. In the past, he has been a teacher and a political candidate. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from SDSU and a Master's Degree in European Union Studies from CIFE. From San Diego, California, Patrick loves to travel and try new recipes to cook.

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