Top Plant Picks March 2022

Top Plant Picks March 2022

With over 250,000 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.

Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies and bees are attracted to the blooms. Cardinals, wild turkey, and deer will eat the bean pod’s seeds.

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: Best planted when still young. Heart-shaped leaves. In the pea family, Fabaceae.

Location: Bradford Robertson Color Garden, Howe Garden, The Carell Trail

Liverwort or Sharp-lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba or Anemone acutiloba)

Bloom Time: February – March

Sun Requirement: Dappled shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Early pollinators like bees and flies.

Tolerates: Acidic soils

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 9

Other: This spring ephemeral has recently been classified under the genus, Anemone. Three sharply pointed lobes. Wonderful little plant for woodland gardens. Also can be seen in shades of pink, blue, and purple.

Location: Herb Study Garden

Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia Xsoulangeana ‘Lilliputian’)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Larval food source for the saddleback caterpillar.

Tolerates: Clay Soil

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 8

Other: Fragrant flowers. Will grow to a height of 15 – 20 feet. Plant in northern exposure of your landscape to avoid bloom frost.

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Cross-pollinated by long-tongued bees.

Tolerates: Rabbit

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 8

Other: Summer dormant. Be sure to plant in mass and along with ferns and other woodland perennials that do not go dormant during the growing season.

Location: Howe Garden

Weeping Higan Cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Heat & winter cold

Native to North America: No

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: Has good disease resistance. Best flowering occurs in full sun.

Location: Blevins Japanese Garden

Spirea (Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees & butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: “Ogon” traslates to “gold” in Japanese. Adds a light, feathery texture to the garden.

Location: Howe Garden

Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Heavy shade

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 8

Other: Native to central & western China. Evergreen in the South. Can be used as a hedge.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Wakerobin/Trillium (Trillium ssp.)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees and other pollinating insects enjoy the nectar. Moths use this plant as a larval host. Small mammals enjoy the berries as a food source.

Tolerates: Heavy shade

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: Various, depending on species

Other: The darling of spring ephemerals. About 45 different species! Native to both North America & East Asia.

Location: Howe Garden, Carell Dogwood Garden, The Carell Trail


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