12 flowers to plant in March

As the days start to get longer and temperatures begin to rise, it’s time for gardeners everywhere to start thinking about flowers they can plant in March. Here are some great options for cold-hardy plants that can go into the ground early in most temperate climates.

Blue violet pansy at garden center
Pansies are hardy annuals

1. Pansy

Pansies, renowned for their vibrant hues and intricate patterns, are a favorite in gardens across North America. They don’t mind near-freezing temperatures (although they do like to be covered if frost is in the forecast).

Pansies boast a spectrum of hues, intricate designs and fragile petals that make them an attractive addition to any garden. Pansies come in a variety of sizes and shapes, from the classic round face to more exotic varieties with frilly petals or unique markings.

The best part about pansies is that they are relatively easy to care for – all you need is some sun exposure, regular watering, and occasional deadheading (removing old flowers) to keep them looking their best. They’re also great for adding color to your garden during the cooler months when other plants may not be blooming yet. Plus, they attract butterflies. Whether you’re just starting out as a gardener or have been growing plants for years, pansies are sure to bring joy into your yard.

White hellebore

2. Hellebore

Hellebore is a beautiful perennial flower that blooms in the early spring. These long-lived plants are often the first to arrive at the garden center in March, because they can handle cool temperatures and are already in bloom for display.

Hellebore is a great pick for North American gardens, being able to endure even the coldest of winters. The unique shape of its flowers makes it stand out among other plants, while its delicate petals add texture to any landscape. Hellebore can be found in an array of shades, ranging from bright white to deep purple and sunny yellow. With proper care and maintenance, hellebore will bloom year after year with minimal effort from the gardener.

Hellebores are relatively low-maintenance plants once established, making them a great choice for busy homeowners who want their gardens looking great without having to spend hours tending them each day. They require very little pruning; simply remove dead stems periodically throughout the season so they can maintain an attractive garden space all season long. If the leaves look ratty in the early spring, you can cut the old ones off so the blooms stand out.

Daylily flower

3. Daylily

Daylilies come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, making them an ideal choice for any garden. In particular, daylilies are an excellent choice for low-maintenance gardens as they require little care once established. They thrive in full sun but will tolerate partial shade and can even handle drought conditions if necessary. The flowers last only one day but the plant produces multiple buds that open up over a period of weeks giving you plenty of color throughout the season.

When planting daylilies it is important to give them plenty of space as overcrowding can cause stunted growth and reduce flowering potential. Provide proper drainage in order for water not to accumulate around the roots, which could result in root rot or other illnesses such as crown rot and powdery mildew. Deadheading spent blooms will help encourage more flower production while removing any diseased foliage should be done immediately to prevent further spread of infection throughout the plant population.

Pink peony in the garden - moody aesthetic

4. Peony

Peonies are a classic, beautiful flower that is sure to add elegance and charm to the garden. Planting peonies in the early spring is a great way to get your garden off to an early start (although they likely will not bloom until the roots have been in the ground for a year or two).

When planting peonies, you should choose a sunny spot with fertile soil and good drainage. Plant them about two feet apart for best results. Peonies can be planted as bare-root plants or container-grown plants – both will do well if given proper care. When planting bare-root specimens, ensure the eyes (buds) are positioned upwards as they go into the soil. To help retain moisture around the roots, mulch lightly after planting with shredded bark or straw mulch.


5. Alyssum

Alyssum is a flowering plant that’s popular among North American gardeners. It’s an ideal choice for those looking to add texture to their landscape. Alyssum is a popular choice for North American gardeners, offering a range of hues from white to lavender and requiring minimal care while providing drought tolerance. Its low-growing nature makes it perfect for edging flower beds or lining pathways.

Alyssum plants attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies but also repel some pests like aphids by releasing natural oils into the air when disturbed by wind or animals passing through its foliage – making it great for organic gardens. They can also act as ground cover to suppress weeds if planted thickly enough (about 4 per square foot).

Flowers of echinacea - purple coneflower

6. Coneflower

Coneflowers are hardy perennials that can bring color to your garden throughout summertime. Coneflowers now come in a multitude of colors, shapes, and sizes beyond the classic purple – perfect for any garden.

Planting coneflowers is easy – they prefer full sun and well-drained soil but will tolerate some shade. You can plant these cold-tolerant plants in March when the ground has thawed out enough to be worked. Coneflowers need fertile soil with plenty of organic matter so mix compost into the bed before you start planting.

Planting abiqua drinking gourd hosta

7. Hosta

Hostas are low-maintenance flowering perennials for shade gardens that are grown mainly for their ornamental foliage. There are hundreds of different hosta varieties available, so there’s sure to be something that suits your taste. From mini ones to giant hostas, they’re also quite versatile in terms of landscaping use.

Hostas are a great choice for any garden, especially those in North America. They’re easy to grow and require little maintenance. Plus, they offer long-blooming seasons and beautiful foliage throughout the year. Hostas boast a range of shapes and sizes, making them an excellent pick for any flower bed or as individual plants.

Hostas are typically sold in March both as bare root plants and as potted plants. The container plants are usually just starting to sprout above the ground. You can still plant them, even if the sprouts aren’t too tall.

If the sprouts are visible, keep an eye on the forecast and cover the hosta plant sprouts if frost or freezing temperatures are expected. While the plants are very cold-hardy, they need a season or two to adjust to the uniqe seasonal timing of your garden.


8. Calendula

Calendula is a beautiful and versatile flower. Calendulas are easy to grow and maintain, making them an ideal choice for novice gardeners or those looking for low-maintenance plants. They’re also incredibly hardy flowers, able to withstand cold temperatures as well as drought conditions. This makes them perfect for North American gardens where weather can be unpredictable at times.

When it comes time to plant calendulas in your garden you don’t need much space either; they work great in containers so if you only have limited room available these flowers will still thrive with minimal effort from you. To get started simply choose a spot with plenty of sunlight (at least six hours per day) then prepare the soil by adding compost. Water regularly but not excessively – once established calendulas should do fine without additional watering unless there is extreme heat or drought conditions present in your area.


9. New England aster

The New England aster is a beautiful flower that blooms through summer into fall. This hardy perennial is ideal for gardeners seeking a blooming plant that requires little maintenance throughout the season.

These flowers can be planted directly into the ground or grown from seed in March indoors and transplanted later on. Planting them in fertile soil will ensure they thrive and give you a stunning display of delicate blooms throughout the summer months.

When planting these flowers, make sure to keep them spaced out properly as they can spread quickly and become overcrowded if not monitored carefully. You may also want to consider companion planting with other annuals or perennials for added visual interest in your flower bed.


10. Catmint

Catmint is a resilient herb that can bring color, texture, and aroma to your garden with little effort. It’s an excellent choice for North American homeowners who want something low-maintenance but still beautiful.

Catmint has a unique scent that deters deer. Its foliage ranges from bright green to silvery gray depending on the variety you choose. The blossoms of Catmint come in an array of colors, including purple, blue, white, and pink; they are known to bloom from mid-summer until autumn.

Catmint requires full sun to partial shade and prefers soil that drains well with plenty of organic matter mixed into it. When planting catmint make sure it has enough space so it doesn’t get crowded out by other plants or weeds – this will help keep it healthy and looking its best throughout the season.

Water regularly during dry spells; if you’re growing catmint indoors then misting may be necessary too. Pruning back after flowering will encourage new growth which should result in more blooms later on down the line.


11. Snapdragons

Snapdragons are one of the most popular and beloved garden flowers. With their tall, bright blooms that come in a variety of colors, they’re sure to add life to any bed or border. Planting snapdragons is relatively easy; just be sure to give them well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter mixed in.

Fertilize the plants monthly and water them regularly. You may want to use a liquid fertilizer to ensure that your snapdragons get all of the nutrients they need. Deadheading spent flowers will help encourage more blooms, and regular pruning will keep them looking their best. Snapdragons are usually planted in early spring; just be sure to watch out for late frost. 

Primroses for sale in early spring
Primroses for sale in early spring

12. Primrose

Primrose is another classic flower to plant in early spring. These cheerful early blooms are available in many different forms and colors. Primroses prefer a sheltered spot in the garden and well-drained soil. Water regularly, but don’t allow the roots to sit in soggy soil for too long. If you’re planting more than one primrose, be sure to space them at least 4 inches apart. 

FAQs about flowers to plant in March

What kind of flowers can you plant in March?

In March, some of the best flowers to plant include pansies, snapdragons, and primroses. Pansies are great for adding color to any garden with their large blooms in a variety of colors. Snapdragons can be planted early in the season and thrive during cooler temperatures. Primroses come in many different shades and will bring life to your springtime garden with its bright petals. Planting these flowers now ensures that you’ll have plenty of vibrant blooms throughout the upcoming months.

Is it OK to plant flowers in March?

Yes, it is possible to plant flowers in March. Different kinds of blooms may be put in, depending upon the local climate. It is important to research which varieties are best suited for the local conditions as some may not survive if planted too early or late in the season. If planting from seedlings, make sure they have been hardened off before transplanting them into their permanent positions outdoors.

Is March a good time to plant a garden?

March is an ideal time to plant a garden in many areas of North America. In March, certain hardy plants can be planted early while more delicate varieties should wait until later in the season. If you’re not sure what types of plants are suitable for your region, consult with a local nursery or gardening center for advice. With proper planning and preparation, March can be the perfect month to start your garden.

Before you go…

As the season changes and temperatures begin to warm, March is a great time to start planting flowers. From pansy and hellebore to daylily and peony, there are many beautiful blooms that can be planted in March. With so many options available when it comes to flowers to plant in march, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for creating something truly unique this spring.



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Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a quintessential Canadian gardener. An engineer by trade, she tends to an ever-expanding collection of plants. In her world, laughter blooms as freely as her flowers, and every plant is raised with a dash of Canadian grit.

Mary Jane is a certified Master Gardener and also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She's also a proud mom of three, teaching her little sprouts the crucial difference between a garden friend and foe.

When she's not playing in the dirt, Mary Jane revels in her love for Taylor Swift, Gilmore Girls, ice hockey, and the surprisingly soothing sounds of bluegrass covers of classic hip-hop songs. She invites you to join her garden party, a place where you can share in the joy of growing and where every day is a new opportunity to find the perfect spot for yet another plant.

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