What Should I Be Planting in March?

March is considered to be the start of spring, with the days slowly lengthening and the sun feeling a little warmer. These extra hours of sunlight and warmth mean that you can spend a bit more time preparing your garden for summer.

Planting flowers, vegetables and shrubbery at the correct time of year is crucial for their growth. Planting your summer bulbs in spring allows for them to rest in warmer soil. However, many summer bulbs are susceptible to rotting so it’s important to place them in an area of your garden that has free-draining soil.

Shrubbery & Flowers

Deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted until the end of the month. Those that are newly planted should be topped with compost or manure.

Summer-flowering bulbs such as dahlias and gladioli can be planted in spring. Lilies can also be planted now and it is important to do so before the bulbs dry out. Bulbs that are more tender such as dahlias and cannas should be started off in pots indoors. These plants are unable to survive the frost and they shouldn’t put them outside until all chances of frost have passed.

Image Credit: Liz West - Flickr
Image Credit: Liz West – Flickr

Pot Plants

If you’re looking to brighten up your pot plants and hanging baskets then you can do so once all frost has passed. Primulas, foxgloves and peonies are beautiful flowers that can add colour to your garden. Ensure to keep them well watered ready for summer.

Image Credit: Peter O'Connor aka anemoneprojectors - Flickr
Image Credit: Peter O’Connor aka anemoneprojectors – Flickr


If you’re looking to add a vegetable patch to your garden then March to May is the ideal time to plant many salad vegetables. Carrots, lettuce and spring onions can all be planted now, and if you sow seeds regularly over the next two to six weeks, you’ll have enough salad to keep you going throughout the summer!

Image Credit: woodleywonderworks - Flickr
Image Credit: woodleywonderworks – Flickr

If you’re in need of any planting advice, please contact Eden Landscapes. We provide a quality planting service throughout Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas and our team are more than happy to assist with any queries that you may have. You can contact us on or get in touch via our online contact form.

Happy planting!