What’s blooming in April in Bay Area 2012, perennials

Perennials are big part of our gardens. Let’s look at ones that are blooming in April.

California poppy or Golden poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is official state flower of California and when you see this brilliant orange cup-shaped blooms you would agree that it’s a good choice.

California poppy / Eschscholzia californica
California poppy

Geranuim (Geranuim x cantabrigiense ‘Boikovo’) is a lovely small scale groundcover, has very pale pink flowers. It grows fast and forms textured patch, that looks nice all year around. In the picture below it is growing together with ornamental strawberry.

Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Boikovo'
Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Boikovo’

Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum) ‘Pink Pewter’ is blooming. This is another reliable fast growing groundcover for shady areas.

Lamium maculatum 'Pink Pewter'
Lamium maculatum ‘Pink Pewter’

Coral bells (Heuchera) is blooming, look at this tiny pinkish flowers on tall stems and pale green leaves with dark veins.

Coral bells

Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) is an excellent ground cover for shade and woodland areas. Clusters of tiny white flowers are not that impressive alone, but when planted in masses and together with it’s lovely foliage texture – this plant is the one to consider (caution: spreads quickly, plant in enclosed areas)

Sweet woodruff
Sweet woodruff under the japaneese maple

Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans) sets its’ striking blooms to the sky.

Pride of Madeira

Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans)

Pride of Madeira flowers

Pride of Madeira flowers

Irises are blooming, there is a rainbow of colors and varieties.

Fortnight lily (Dietes iridioides) flowers are short leaves but they are coming in groups.

Fortnight Lily, African Iris

Fortnight Lily, African Iris

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