With the end of winter and beginning of spring, March is a delightful time for home gardeners. The bulbs that have been planted in fall start to make their appearance as the sun warms the ground, and other seeds begin to sprout as well. March is considered early spring, and there are numerous types of flowers that are in season during this time. Spring favorites such as the daffodil, tulip and daylily, along with peonies and others, are a welcome relief from a cold winter and hint of the much warmer weather to come.
A staple in any spring garden, the daffodil is one of the first flowers to make its appearance after a long, bleak winter. They come in a wide range of shades and colors as well as sizes, but daffodils are typically larger than the average spring flower. Daffodils bloom from bulbs planted the previous fall.
The hyacinth is a beautiful flower with clusters of blooms shaped as bells. Their lovely fragrance is a celebrated perk to the commonly blue or purple flower. Hyacinths also come in whites, pinks, yellows, reds and oranges. The long, straight leaves help to frame the blooms and accentuate their color. This flower appears from a fall-planted bulb as well.
Like the daffodil and hyacinth, the tulip blooms from a bulb planted in fall. It is considered a staple in any early spring flower garden, and since tulips come in a wide range of colors there is sure to be something for every type of gardener. The beauty of this flower is welcomed in late March, making its appearance shortly after the daffodil.
Another bulb flower, the crocus makes its entrance in early March. However, several different varieties of crocus exist, with some blooming in the fall and others in early spring. The Dutch crocus is a particular type favorable to the spring. These small delightful blooms help to add texture and depth to the flower garden.
Beginning its bloom in mid-march, the Peony is a wonderful spring perennial for any garden. Be sure to space these flowers as they do not appreciate close quarters. Peonies add delightful fragrance to the flower garden and come in many different colors. You’ll know they’re on their way when red shoots sprout up from the ground.
Arriving in early March, the daylily is another early spring staple flower. Unlike the daffodil or tulip, daylilies do not sprout from bulbs. They come in a large variety of colors and sizes, and as a perennial, will come back with its bloom year after year.