Ask a Garden Expert: I can’t wait to garden! What can I plant in April?

Our garden experts are constantly answering garden questions (that’s what they’re here for), so we’re plucking out the most popular ones and answering them right when they’re asked the most. On the docket: I can’t wait to garden! What can I plant now?

You can plant cool-weathered annuals and veggies, seed potatoes, onion sets, shrubs and trees, and certain cool-season perennials now, as long as the ground is workable.

— John W., Prairie Gardens Plant Expert

You Can Plant These in early April 

As long as the ground is workable and not too wet.

  • Cool-Season Veggies: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts
  • Cool-Season Annuals: Pansies, Ranunculus, Stock, Violas & more
  • Seed Potatoes
  • Onion Sets
  • Rhubarb
  • Asparagus Roots
  • Strawberry Plants: All Star, Earliglow, Tribute and Honeoye
  • Small Fruit Bushes & Vines: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, currants and grapes
  • Fruit Trees: Apples, cherries, peaches and pears.
  • Cool-season perennials: visit our greenhouse for our April selection.
  • Shrubs, Trees and Evergreens

*If it looks like it is going to freeze, cover your cool-season annuals, veggies and perennials for extra protection.

Wait to plant other annuals & perennials until our frost-free date.

Our average frost-free date is around the end of April, which means on average you can start planting around this time. Our hard frost-free date is around the second week of May, this is when you’re officially in the clear.

— Mary Ann M, Prairie Gardens Plant Expert

Learn what else you can be doing in the garden in April!