March in the Garden
What to See and Do in the March Garden!
What happens in March in the garden? Discover which flowers will be blooming, what jobs to do in the March garden, and what to plant.
After the first signs of Spring emerged with early crocuses and daffodils in February, March lets us know that spring is truly around the corner, with a dazzling array of beautiful spring flowers.
Here in the UK, we enjoy everything from the quintessential spring flowers like narcissi and tulips, to the stunning and heady mix of clematis, fritillaria, hellebores, trilliums and phlox.
Here you will find a complete guide to flowers that bloom in the spring month of March, as well as what to do in the garden in March, and what kind of wildlife activity you might spot.
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Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)
Ammi (Queen Anne's Lace)
Photo: Anemone hupensis via Wikimedia Commons
Aster (Michaelmas Daisy)
Campanula (Canterbury Bells)
Photo: Yellow Carnation via Wikimedia Commons
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia, Arum Lily)
Cornelian Cherry (Cornas Mas)
Clematis (Clematis Macropetala, Clematis Armandii, Clematis "Frances Rivis")
Photo: Clematis macropetala via Wikimedia Commons
Cynara (the flower of the artichoke)
Eremurus (Foxtail Lily)
Eryngium (Sea Holly)
Eucharis (Amazon Lily)
Photo: Crocus nudiflorus via Wikimedia Commons
Gloriosa (Glory Lily)
Photo: Fritillaria meleagris
Helleborus (Christmas Rose)
Hypericum (St John's Wort)
Ixia (African Corn Lily)
Leucadendron (Safari Sunset)
Leucospermum (Pincushion Protea)
Photo: Helleborus orientalis
Lily-of the Valley (Convallaria)
Limonium (Sea Lavender, Statice)
Lysimachia (Loose Strife)
Moluccella (Bells of Ireland)
Muscari (Grape hyacinth)
Photo: Magnolia x soulangeana "Alba Superba"
Orchids - Aranthera (Scorpion Orchid), Arachnis (Spider Orchid), Cattleya Orchid, Cymbidium Orchid, Dendrobium orchid (Singapore orchid), Oncidium orchid (Golden Shower Orchid), Paphiopedilum orchid (Slipper orchid), Phalaenopsis orchid (Moth Orchid)
Photo: Narcissus minor
Primula (Primula denticulata)
Photo: Philadelphus "Innocence"
Scilla (Wild Hyacinth)
Stephanotis (Wax flower)
Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise)
Sweet pea (Lathyrus)
Photo: Scilla mischtschenkoana
Photo: Trillium erectum
This book is great for seasoned gardeners as well as those who don't have much time on their hands, as it provides specific monthly tasks for every part of the garden, as well as expert plant advice, tips on organisation and over 1,000 photographs.
Author Ian Spence was right-hand-man to Geoff Hamilton and Head Gardener at Barnsdale.
March in the Garden: Trillium grandiflorum "Snowbunting"
Perfect Plants for Spring Pots
Enjoy March in the Garden with Spring Flower Pots
Brighten up your patio for Spring by planting some gorgeous spring containers.
These spring plants are perfect for beautiful Spring pots:
* Pansies (left)
(try Narcissus "Hawera" or a dwarf variety such as "Rip van Winkle" or "Canaliculatus")
(try Tulipa acuminata (right), "West Point", "Rococo", "Uncle Tom" or "Prinses Irene")
(such as chives and purple sage)
March in the Garden and Beyond - USA Gardening Month by Month
Helpful and attainable ideas from Martha Stewart, Covers everything from pruning, raking, digging, transplanting, to recipes and monthly lists. Follow the book month by month for a complete guide to seasonal gardening.
More Month by Month Gardening - Garden Guides Around the USA
The March birth flower is the Daffodil, also known as the Narcissus or Jonquil.
Representing friendship and domestic happiness, it flowers between February and May and can be yellow, orange or white.
The corresponding sign of the zodiac for the March birth flower is Pisces (February 20th to March 20th) and the corresponding birthstone is Aquamarine.
Create a Daffodil Display for Spring
March in the Garden is not Complete without Daffodils!
When you think of Spring and flowers, the immediate image that comes to mind is glorious swathes of daffodils. Naturalised daffodil displays, where they mingle wild with the grass, are particularly captivating. If you fancy creating your own "daffodil dell" in your garden, here are some tips:
* Daffodils can be naturalised even in a small garden. Choose 2-3 favourite varieties and mix them up in a corner of the lawn.
* Don't mow the lawn in the daffodil area for at least 6 weeks after flowering. If you want to make extra sure that the leaves die back naturally, thus returning all the goodness to the soil, then leave the first cut until July.
* You can try this in any garden but strong loam soil is particularly good
* Feed your daffodils every few years with bonemeal after the grass is cut back.
* So that you know where to plant new bulbs, mark out the gaps with canes in the spring before the daffodils disappear. You can later replace the canes with short kindling sticks, which can then be pushed into the ground to be mowed over.
BEST DAFFODIL VARIETIES FOR NATURALISING:
* Narcissus "Ice King"
* Narcissus "Las Vegas"
* Narcissus "Verger"
* Narcissus "Thalia"
* Narcissus "Jetfire"
* Narcissus "Jenny"
* Narcissus pseudonarcissus "Lobularis"
BEST DAFFODIL VARIETIES FOR SCENT:
* Narcissus poeticus (Pheasant's Eye)
* Narcissus "Jenny"
* Narcissus "Thalia"
Best Thing about March in the Garden?
What do you like best about the garden in March?
March Garden Wildlife
Birds will be very active now for the breeding season. Feed them high energy food or even live food such as mealworms if you're not squeamish! You can also leave out bundles of small twigs, dried moss and stringy vegetable matter for them to use as nesting material.
Hedgehogs and frogs will also be active after hibernation, and you are more than likely to see squirrels feeding in the garden too.
- Prune your buddleia
- Plant and grow giant tree lilies
- Trim ferns
- Plant snowflakes
- Tidy your alpines
- Prune shrub roses
- Protect tender young shoots from slugs and snails with barriers and organic products
- Plant a Christmas rose
- Sow sweet peas in pots or prepared ground outside
- Plant new border plants
- Treat the base of roses and shrubs with fertiliser
- Dead-head spring-flowered bulbs
- Prepare soil for sowing hardy annuals in April
- Sow green manure to improve soil
- Get sunflowers off to a good start by sowing indoors
- Pot on plants
- Sow tender bedding plants
- Ventilate the greenhouse on warm days
- Plant tender bulbs
- Order seedlings and young plants from suppliers
- Wash and recycle your flower pots
- Prune hardy shrubs for new growth
- Cut lawns during dry periods
- Avoid pruning or disturbing any shrubs and hedges where birds might be nesting
Spring Flowers in March - Relax to this Short, Soothing Spring Video!
Thank you for visiting! What are your favourite March flowers? Do you enjoy March in the garden? Share your comments and thoughts before you go.