Shrubs and plants flowering in March

Looking for shrubs and plants which are in flower and at their best in March? 

The gallery below illustrates some of the most common and easy to grow March flowering shrubs and plants. Although March is dominated by spring bulbs, there are other plants and shrubs to choose for your March garden.

Its Tulip time

Tulip Estella Rijnveld Parrot

March is the beginning of Tulip time in the garden. There is such a vast array of colours, shapes and flowering times, illustrated is the unusual Tulip Estella Rijnveld Parrot. More about growing tulips and also about perennial tulips 


Forsythia in flower

It maybe bright and a bit blowsy, but Forsythia is a welcome splash of colour, reliable and very easy to grow.

It will make a good hedge and there is also a white variety, slightly less hardy, fragrant  called Abeliophyllum distichum

scented narcissus

Narcissus-scented-'Fragrant Rose'

By March we are awash with Daffodils bringing colour to gardens everywhere.

In addition to colour many daffodils are scented. Illustrated is Narcissus scented 'Fragrant Rose' and there are many more well worth cultivating.


Magnolia stellata jane platt

Magnolia is a group of deciduous large shrubs and trees which flower early in the year. The flowers appear ahead of the leaves and are showy, some scented. Whilst many Magnolia grow to a large tree size, there are also some suited to smaller gardens,  illustrated is Magnolia stellata 'jane platt'



Powerfully scented and long flowering are wallflowers, illustrated is Erysimum 'Berdon'. Although a short-lived perennial, Wallflowers are so worth while growing for their wonderful scent and they mix so well with spring bedding.

Iris reticulata

iris reticulata

This is a small Iris growing to just a few centimetres.

Notwithstanding its small size, it packs a punch with its iridescent blue flowers ideal alongside low growing daffodils. 

Marsh marigold

Marsh Marigold

Another bright splash of yellow comes from caltha palustris common name Marsh Marigold. A perennial plant which will grow with no real attention in boggy areas and streamside. 

Ribes sanguineum

red flowers of Ribes sanguineum

Ribes sanguineum is a commonly grown, deciduous spring flowering shrub. It produces the best flowers when  grown in full sun and it is fully hardy. Some people find the smell off putting a bit  "catty". 


Berginia bressingham white

Illustrated is Beginia 'Bressingham white'. Bergenia is easy to grow in sun or shade. It is a perennial with large leathery leaves and flower in shades of pink, red, magenta and white. It is a grow anywhere plant except boggy conditions.

last updated 16.02.2022