4 Things You Can Plant in March, the Very Beginning of Outdoor Gardening Season


Image Credit:  Jason McPheeters/Shutterstock

Image Credit:  Jason McPheeters/Shutterstock

The early spring thaw is the best time to dig in and start gardening. Whether you’re dabbling with cool-annuals or want to start a veggie garden, there’s no time like the present to begin getting these plants in the ground.

Image Credit:  B.G. Photography/Shutterstock

Not only do they bring a fresh pop of color, they're also economical. You can plant these in containers or in between your emerging bulbs. Try pansies and violas for a sweet color splash. For a bit of romance, go for ranunculus. If you'd like a trailing and drapey look, reach for bacopa.

Early, Cool-Loving Annuals

Image Credit:  B.G. Photography/Shutterstock

Early spring (i.e., March) is the ideal time to get these in the ground. Dogwood and magnolia trees bring year-round beauty, while apple and plum trees have fruity dividends. For shrubs, try something that flowers such as lilac, Rose of Sharon, or witch hazel. 

Trees and Shrubs 

Image Credit:  yuris/Shutterstock

The roots of most berry plants are sensitive to the heat, which is why March is one of the best months for berry planting. Strawberries are a wonderful addition to any garden, and can be grown easily in containers. Raspberries and blackberries are great picks too.


Image Credit:  Milosz_G/Shutterstock

If you're new to gardening, don’t fret: Most vegetables are hardy and easy to grow, even in the early spring. Broad beans, spinach, spring onion, and horseradish are all great to start in March.

Cool-Season Veggies 


Get more gardening tips at