Gardeners’ Top Picks March 2019

Gardeners' Top Picks March 2019

We’re already seeing a few spring blooms here at Cheekwood! Our garden team has hand selected their top plant picks for March from 9 of our distinct gardens. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds.

Grecian Windflower (Anemone blanda)

Anemone blanda

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Naturalizes well. Goes dormant after flowering.

Location: Fern Garden

Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha)

Paperbush

Bloom Time: February

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Full sun if given enough water

Native to North America: No

Other: Blooms are beautifully scented (similar to Daphne). The inner bark is used to make paper.

Location: Alcove of Visitor Services

Coral Bells (Heuchera ‘Caramel’)

Coral Bells

Bloom Time: June – July

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Full sun if given enough water

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Colorful foliage all year round in Middle TN. Makes a great groundcover.

Location: Burr Garden

Stinking Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus)

Stinking Hellebore

Bloom Time: February – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Showy, long-lasting blooms, evergreen foliage.

Location: Turner Seasons Garden: Spring

Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis)

Lenten Rose

Bloom Time: February – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Low – medium

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Showy, long-lasting blooms, evergreen foliage.

Location: Robinson Family Water Garden

Snowdrop (Galanthus sp.)

Snowdrop

Bloom Time: February

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Showy flower. Looks best planted en masse.

Location: Howe Garden

Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)

Star Magnolia

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Pollinated by bees

Tolerates: Clay soil

Native to North America: No

Other: Showy white flower. Makes a wonderful specimen tree.

Location: Petite Swan Lawn

Clove Currant (Ribes aureum var. villosum)

Clove Currant

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds, butterflies

Tolerates: Drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Spicily fragrant blooms, edible fruits, mildew resistant

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Pussy Willow (Salix caprea)

Pussy Willow

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Male plants showcase the attractive, yellow late winter catkins

Location: Lower Stream/Weaver Walk

Hyacinth ‘Delt Blue’

Anemone blanda

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Tolerates: Deer and rabbits

Other: Extremely fragrant, award-winning cultivar. An heirloom type (since 1944) true blue flowers, does well in the ground and also containers.

Location: Mansion front lawn (upper stream)


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