As snow begins to melt away and winter passes into spring, March-blooming flowers emerge to say hello. Grown in a wide range of colors and sizes, March flowers are often frost-tolerant and can be seen peeking through winter's layer. Lining a garden path or tucked into a spring bed or border, March flowers are a bright and colorful welcome after winter's colorless landscape.
Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) is one of the first flowers to bloom in March, a signal that spring is here. Growing 4 to 6 inches tall and wide, snowdrop flowers are white and appear to be nodding down to the garden below. Growing in upright clumps, the bright green stems contrast nicely with the white flowers and are ideal grown along a front flower border or tucked into a rock garden. Frost-tolerant, snowdrops have a moderate growth rate and can be divided after their flowering season to grow in other areas of the garden. Snowdrops require full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil to thrive. The USDA hardiness zones for planting are 3 to 7.
Large-cupped daffodil (Narcissus 'Ceylon') is a variety of daffodil with a large, egg-yolk-colored cup. Emerging in March, large-cupped daffodils grow in upright clumps 1 to 3 feet tall and 6 to 12 inches wide. Deer-tolerant, large-cupped daffodils are ideal flanking a garden pathway or tucked within a perennial bed due to their bright color. Large-cupped daffodil flower petals are bright yellow; they surround the large cup and sit atop their upright, erect stems. Large-cupped daffodils last through spring and are ideal as fresh cut flowers because of their straight, tall stems. Large-cupped daffodils require full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. The zones for planting are 3 to 8.
Dutch crocus (Crocus vernus) is one of the hardiest varieties of crocus that emerges in March, a sign that spring is here. Growing less than 6 inches tall and wide, Dutch crocuses have striking goblet-shaped flower petals that are striped in white and lavender. The orange center of the Dutch crocus creates a bold contrast with the striped flower head and is ideal tucked into containers or grown in masses to flank a path or lawn. Frost-tolerant, Dutch crocuses are often seen peeking up through a March snowfall to provide a cheery touch to the garden. Dutch crocuses have a moderate growth rate and require full sun to part shade and well-drained soil to thrive. The zones for planting are 3 to 8.