As winter's layer melts away and the temperatures begin to rise, spring-blooming flowers emerge to light up the landscape. Grown in dozens of varieties, each with its own distinct color and shape, March-blooming flowers are a nice respite from winter's gray landscape. Nestled within a container or lining a flowerbed, spring blooms create a bright burst of color to the garden.
Glory of the Snow
Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa luciliae) is a perennial flower that blooms in February and March to light up the landscape with color. One of the first bulbs to shoot up, glory of the snow is a sign that spring is here. The low-growing, small clumps on glory of the snow grow 4 to 6 inches tall. The bright blooms grow in a wide range of colors including, pink, white and blue. Glory of the snow blooms sit atop the bright green stalks that contrast with the bright blooms. Drought-tolerant, glory of the snow is a hardy perennial flower to plant along a garden bed, rock garden or as a ground cover. Glory of the snow requires a planting depth of 5 inches and prefers full sun to light shade. Keep these perennials moist during the growing season. The USDA Hardiness Zone for planting is 3 to 7.
Baby moon daffodils (Narcissus 'Baby Moon') are a miniature daffodil variety with a moderate growth rate and clump-like habit. Baby moon daffodils grow 6 to 12 inches tall and wide, ideal for nestling in containers or front perennial bed. Deer and drought-tolerant, baby moon daffodils have a sweet, fragrant scent. The dark green and narrows leaves are reed-like and hold the small golden yellow flowerhead. Baby moon daffodils enjoy summer heat and can be divided in early summer to replant in other areas of the garden. Baby moon prefer full sun to partial shade and a medium amount of moisture. The zone for planting is 4 to 9.
Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacu) are low-growing perennial flowers that emerge in early spring with their showy blooms. Growing 6 to 12 inches tall and wide, grape hyacinth are ideal candidates along a flower border. The double blue fluffy flowerhead blooms through the summer, for a long-lasting flower. The showy flowers grow in a wide range of colors, including pink, blue, purple and white and can be divided to spread around the garden. The pedicel, or stalk, holds the linear, narrow leaves and plethora of flowers that make up the bloom. Deer-tolerant, blue spike grape hyacinth prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained, nutrient-rich soil that is alkaline in nature. Plant the grape hyacinth 3 to 4 inches deep. The zone for planting is 4 to 8.