Top Plant Picks March 2021

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Top Plant Picks March 2021

With over 150,000 blooming bulbs in our gardens, there’s plenty to see this spring during Cheekwood in Bloom! Cheekwood’s Plant Collections Manager, Shanna Jones, shares her top plant picks for March. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds!

Grecian Windflower (Anemone blanda)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Deer

Tolerates: Average garden soils

Native to North America: No

Other: Naturalizes well. Enters dormancy after flowering.

Zones: 5 – 8

Location: Fern Garden

Buttercup Winterhazel (Corylopsis pauciflora)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Average garden soils

Native to North America: No

Other: Delicate in color and form, the flower is also fragrant.

Zones: 6 – 8

Location: Turner Seasons Garden

Twig Dogwoods (Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ & Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds, butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Excellent winter interest. Thin to prune in late winter or early spring while still dormant to intensify overall color.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Pig-squeak / Heart-leaf Bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia ‘Pink Dragonfly’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Deer, drought, & rabbit

Native to North America: No

Other: Groundcover. Excellent winter color.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Pieris (Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’)

Bloom Time: March

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Deer & heavy shade

Native to North America: No

Other: Evergreen. ‘Mountain Fire’ is a heavy flower producer with fiery red emerging foliage.

Zones: 5 – 8

Location: Blevins Japanese Garden

Evergreen Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer, drought, & rabbits

Native to North America: No

Other: Wonderful selection for rock gardens and garden edges. Benefits from snow cover which helps with desiccation.

Zones: 3 – 8

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)

Bloom Time: March

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Clay Soil

Native to North America: No

Other: The flowers are often affected by late spring frosts. To lessen the risk of frost damage, plant in a sheltered location.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Turner Seasons Garden, Wills Perennial Garden, & Herb Study Garden

Spring Starflower (Ipheion uniflorum)

Bloom Time: April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Clay Soil

Native to North America: No

Other: An easy bulb to grow – great for the beginning gardener! When crushed, the foliage smells like onions.

Zones: 3 – 8

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Cornelain Cherry (Cornus mas)

Bloom Time: March

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds love the fruit

Tolerates: Deer & clay Soil

Native to North America: No

Other: Prefers well-drained, moist, nutrient-rich soils. Strong resistance to dogwood borer and anthracnose.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden & Turner Seasons Garden


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