Garden highlights: April blooms

The garden urns with magnolia in background at Killerton

Find out what plants are brightening up the garden and grounds this month.

Fabulous flowers around the garden

It doesn't take much to notice the shrubs that have burst into life around the garden. Many Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia are in flower now. Perhaps one of the most striking for April is the Magnolia x veitchii 'Peter Veitch' in the Magnolia area above Dairy Gate. A large hybrid tree created in 1907 by Peter Veitch, it has large, fragrant white flowers that are flushed pink.

Lower to the ground, Fritillaria meleagris is in full bloom from late March into April. This native wildflower, better known as Snakes-head fritillary, thrives in well-drained wildflower meadows with plenty of light.

Delicate wild flower making an appearance.
Snakes-head fritillary.
Delicate wild flower making an appearance.

Camassia leichtlinii Caerulea Group also come into full bloom during April. Their large spikes of lavender blue flowers are striking and they make great cut flowers.

Spikes of blue amongst the green
Flowers in the garden
Spikes of blue amongst the green

In the Chapel grounds, Corylopsis veitchiana has fantastic racemes of yellow flowers with brick-red anthers. Continuing in the Chapel grounds, watch out for Ostrya carpinifolia otherwise known as a Hop Hornbeam and its male catkins that catch the breeze.

Spring catkins
Spring catkins

Killerton is home to many different cherries. Two of the best are Prunus avium 'Plena' with masses of drooping white flowers and Prunus sargentii one of the loveliest of all cherries, hailing from Japan and Korea has single pink flowers.

Blossom in full bloom
Blossoming treees
Blossom in full bloom

Plant sales

The next farmers' markets are on Saturday 21 April and 19 May. A selection of plants grown in the garden available to buy directly from the Garden team from 10.30am to 14.30pm.

If you can't identify a certain plant or have a question, you can contact the gardeners directly via email at


Fancy getting your hands dirty?

Would you like to get involved? Would you like to learn new skills, meet new people and help look after this special place?

We are always interested to hear from people you would like to volunteer with us. If you would like to join our group of volunteers that help us maintain these beautiful grounds, please contact Emma Wakeham (Volunteer Development Manager) on 01392 883145 or at