What to Plant In March

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, the frost is thawing. That’s right, it’s almost spring! It’s finally warm enough for us to get out our gloves and start planning our gardens for the new season.

Here’s what to plant in March, from fruits and vegetables to summer flowering bulbs.

Bare Root Roses

March is the last month you can plant your bare-root roses. Plant in well-drained and rich soil for gorgeous blooms throughout the spring and summer.

Rose Bonica
Rose Champagne Moment

Gladioli

Gladioli bulbs and corms are essential for summer garden displays. Their tall and colourful blooms add plenty of texture and excitement to beds and borders, as well as attracting wildlife! Plant your bulbs this month into position for a striking show come summer.

Gladioli Butterfly Mixed
Gladioli Essential

Early Potatoes

Early potatoes, as the name suggests, are the earliest variety that you can harvest. They are more commonly referred to as ‘baby potatoes’ or ‘new potatoes’.

March is the perfect month to plant chitted early potatoes outside. If you’re unable to find space in your garden or allotment, you can effortlessly grow potatoes in a grow bag!

Potato Casablanca
Potato Kestrel

Strawberry Plants

Not only are strawberries incredibly tasty – their plants also make an attractive addition to the summer garden. Get your strawberry plants in the ground this month to harvest in mid-late summer.

Strawberry All Season Collection
Strawberry Cambridge Favourite (Mid Season)

Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a tasty plant that you can grow in March for harvest in summer. A perfect crop for both beginners and experienced gardeners as it is easy to grow and will thrive with minimal attention.

Rhubarb Collection
Rhubarb Victoria

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Where to Plant Roses in the Garden

climbing roses

A truly classic English beauty. With beautiful scents and long-flowering blooms, Roses are a treasure in the summer garden. Since autumn is the ideal season to plant Roses (bare root or potted), keep reading to discover where to plant Roses in the garden with our handy gardening guide.

Miniature Roses

Miniature Roses are the perfect compact plants for adding fragrance and colour to patio pots and containers. Place the pots near doorways so you can enjoy their aromatic scent!

Cascading Roses

This cascading, dwarf variety is perfect for adding an elegant, trailing effect to the front of a border or in raised patio pots.

Climbing Roses

Fast growing and vigorous, climbing roses are perfect for training on arches, fences, pillars and walls. Great for adding colour to any bare space in the garden.

Floribunda Roses

Boasting clusters of gorgeous blooms, the compact, upright nature of these shrubs makes them perfect for beds, borders, or a flowering hedge.

Hedge/Shrub Roses

Transform the border of your home with colourful Rose hedging. Plant where you can enjoy their strong, beautiful fragrance such as along walkways, doorways or around a patio.

Hybrid Tea Roses

These hybrid Roses are unmatched for their flowering time and huge blooms. The perfect Rose for beds, borders or containers. They also make stunning cut flowers too!

Check out our other Rose blogs!

How to Plant Bare Root Roses

Beautiful and fragrant, roses are a staple of the British summer garden. From climbing to compact varieties, roses can be grown to fill pots, create hedging or climb walls and fences; the possibilities are endless!

Many of our roses are supplied in bare root form, and those unfamiliar with bare root Roses can be taken aback when first encountering them. To make your gardening jobs easier, we’ve created this essential guide to planting bare root roses, and what time of year to do so.

What is a bare root Rose?

Sourced from the best growers, our selection of Bare root Roses are supplied dormant without foliage or flowers and without soil or pot.

When do you plant bare root Roses?

Late autumn, late winter and early spring are the best times for planting bare root Roses. These times allow the Rose to establish in the ground before their growth resumes in the spring season. 

Tip: Avoid planting bare root Roses in the late winter when the ground is frozen.

How do you plant bare root Roses?

Learn how to grow beautiful summer Roses with our step by step planting guide:

  1. Position

    Roses love growing in full sun, but most will thrive and bloom happily with four hours or more of good sun daily.

  2. Soil preparation

    Make sure that the hole is wide enough for the roots to comfortably spread out and deep enough so that the graft point will be about an inch below soil level.

  3. Add compost

    Add some well-rotted manure/compost to the bottom of the hole and add fertiliser of your choice.

  4. Planting

    Place the bare root Rose into the hole and firm it in (make sure that graft is at soil level).

  5. Keep on top of watering

    Water well after planting, and then water at least once a week after growth commences.

  6. Prune

    Trim or remove any thin, weak stems that can effect the Rose’s growth.

Late Spring-Flowering Roses: