Gardeners’ Top Picks March 2020

Gardeners' Top Picks March 2020

With over 150,000 blooming bulbs in our gardens, there’s plenty to see this spring during Cheekwood in Bloom! Our garden team has hand selected their top plant picks for March. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds.

Quince (Chaenomeles hybrid)

Bloom Time: February – March

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Drought

Native to North America: No

Other: The fruit is used to make jelly. Plant is best used as a hedge.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida ‘Autumn Gold’ (flower buds)

Bloom Time: April – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds & Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Great tree for small front yards or woodland areas.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Lenten Rose (Helleborus ‘Red Mountain’)

Bloom Time: January – April

Sun Requirement: Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer & Heavy shade

Native to North America: No

Other: One of the best groundcovers for shady areas.

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Fern Garden

Azalea (Rhododendron ‘Colonel Moseley’ (flower buds)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Part Shade – Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Rabbit

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Azaleas do not like wet feet. Beautiful presentation as a mass planting or hedge.

Zones: 6 – 9

Location: Howe Garden

Pussy Willow (Salix caprea)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full Sun – Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium – Wet

Wildlife: Purple Emperor Butterfly

Tolerates: Deer & Wet Soil

Native to North America: No

Other: Great winter interest! Excellent specimen for rain gardens.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Robinson Family Water Garden

Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha)

Bloom Time: February – March

Sun Requirement: Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Some sun, if given enough water.

Native to North America: No

Other: Heavenly fragrance!!

Zones: 7 – 10

Location: Alcove of Botanic Hall

Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full Sun – Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Clay Soil

Native to North America: No

Other: Excellent specimen tree.

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Petite Swan Lawn

Snowdrop (Galanthus sp.)

Bloom Time: March

Sun Requirement: Full Sun – Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Looks best when planted en masse.

Zones: 3 – 7

Location: Howe Garden


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