Chipperfield’s guide to What to plant in March?

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March officially marks the end of winter. It’s time for the garden, the vegetable patch and the orchard to spring back to life! Plant new flowers and shrubs in the ornamental garden. New varieties of fruit trees in the orchard, new vegetable and aromatic plants!

Everything comes alive again, and it’s with much joy that we begin to see buds appear here and there.

There is lots of sowing to do in March, often under cover because of the cold still present, but some vegetables or other plants are hardy enough for the open ground.

The A to Z of vegetables to plant in March?

Plants for March

Growing Tips! 


Plant in rich, well-drained soil, sun or partial shade exposure

Ramson ( Wild Garlic) 

This popular wild plant that is often foraged can grow well in most gardens. Plant in the shade, in rich, cool soil. Our tips for planting bear garlic


Homegrown, fresh garlic always tastes better!  Try some varieties that are hard to find in supermarkets. Plant the cloves with sprouts pointing upwards, about 5 cm deep, in sandy soil. Leave 10 cm between the pods. 

Globe Artichoke 

Keep a space of at least 1 m around the foot, these plants grow vast and require quite a lot of space. Plant in well nourished soil and add compost to the hole. Sunny and sheltered from the wind. 


Sow in a seedling box, with good drainage. Space the seeds 3 cm apart. For best results sow indoors or in the greenhouse. We recommend the variety Solanum melongena ‘Melanzana Violetta Di Firenze’  Aubergine requires warmth and is hard to grow outdoors in the UK.  For best results grow under cover or in a greenhouse.

Carotte Early Nantes, Tip Top, Rainbow Mix, Autumn King, Chantenay Red Cored, 

Sow in separate rows 20 to 30 cm 1 cm deep. In deep, loose and rich soil. Sunny exposure.  The whole plants is edible including the carrot tops.

Stonehead Cabbage, Micro Cabbage, Savoy

Cabbage is a cool-weather crop. Grow cabbage in spring so that it comes to harvest before the summer heat or start cabbage in mid to late summer so that it comes to harvest during the cool days of autumn, winter, or early spring. Start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost in spring.

Bruxelle Sprouts  ( Maximus, Brest, Crispus and Brodie

Sow in open ground, semi shaded. This plant grows tall and needs some space. A great plant to carry through winter. 

Savoy cabbage

Sow in Spring in sunny exposure.

Spring Greens 

Plant under sunny exposure, fresh rich soil and well drained.

Garlic chives, Oriental garlic, Asian chives

Sow in shallow soil in cool soil.

Cucumber Byblos, Long Green Cucumbers 

Sow under cover, or in the ground.  These can be somewhat tricky to grow, for best results plant in a greenhouse.

Courgette ‘Eight ball’, Round Courgettes, Long Courgette 

Sow in open ground, in pockets.  Courgettes need a lot of space and can be prolifique crops.

Moroccan cress

Sow in a nursery or under shelter.

Chinese artichoke

Plant in rather light soil. Punch 10 cm deep, place 2 to 3 rhizomes in the holes.

Shallots, Banana Shallots and Echaillion 

Sow in open ground, in lines 25 cm apart, 2 cm deep. 

Spinach  Savoy, Semi-Savoy, and Flat or Smooth leaf spinach

Sow under sunny exposure in winter and spring and shaded in summer. Fresh soil, lines 25 to 30 cm apart. 

Wild Spinach ( Lambs Quarters) 

Plant in a cool and rich soil, sunny exposure or partial shade. Leave 40 cm between plants.

Beans ( Broad Beans, Runner Beans, French Beans) 

Sow in pockets of 4 to 5 seeds, 35 cm apart in all directions.

Common comfrey

Plant in rich, moist, deep soil.

Edible Hemrocalle

Bury the collar 3 cm, leave 60 cm between the plants.

Lettuce Cos, Iceberg, Round Lettuce, Radicchio, Lolo Rosso, Baby Leaf, Little Gem, Oak LEaf Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce 

Sow in rows 15-20 cm apart. Sunny Exposure in fine and rich soil, under shelter.

Melon and Watermelon

Sow in pots filled with rich soil or in a warm layer between 20 and 30 °. Melons require warm to grow and mature.Melons are tender plants, so need a warm, sunny spot with high humidity. In the UK it is best to grow in a glasshouse, polytunnel or under a cloche or in a coldframe

Hammer turnips

Sow in very deep worked soil, in sunny exposure. Lines 20 cm apart.

Oca ( Oxalis tuberosa


An unusual plant to grow, Sow at the end of the month on a warm layer or in pots indoors. This plant from the daisy family will provide beautiful ornamental flowers as well edible tubers roots.

Red Onion

Plant onion sets (immature onions) 5-10cm (2-4in) apart in rows 25-30cm (10-12in) apart from mid-March to mid-April. Gently push the sets into soft, well-worked soil so that the tip is just showing, and firm the soil around them

Tree onion, Topsetting onions, Walking onions, or Egyptian onions, Allium

Plant in rows 40 cm apart, space the bulbs 25 cm apart, plant them with the tip up..


Sow in rows 30 to 40 cm apart, sunny exposure.

Sweet Potato 

Plant under sunny exposure, in a soil rich in humus, fresh and deep.   Prefers warmth and best cultivated under shelter or in greenhouses.

Sweet Peppers 

Sow indoors in a greenhouse in pots, on a warm layer or under a cloche. 

Yacon, Peruvian ground apple

Plant at the end of the month in well-enriched soil.its crisp, sweet-tasting, tuberous  roots


Sow directly outdoors in rows 15 cm apart.

Mangetout Peas, Haricot,

Sow in rows 40 cm apart, in pockets of 5 to 6 seeds with a distance of 25 cm between the pockets



Plant in loose soil, when temperatures consistently exceed  10 ° C.  


Sow under shaded exposure, bury the seeds at 3 cm, at a distance of 15 cm from each other.


Sow on a warm layer, in a heated greenhouse or indoors. Space the seeds 4 to 5 cm, pack and then mist.

Jerusalem artichoke

Plant under sunny or partial shade exposure. These plants will also provide wonderful yellow, daisy like flowers.

Verbena, Lemon Verbena, Mints

Plant in sunny or partial shade, light, well-drained soil

Which fruit trees to plant in March?

Small fruit shrubs: plants red fruit shrubs such as raspberries, Tayberries, Blackcurrants, White Currants. These can also be planted in pots.

May bay, an edible honeysuckle. Plant it in rich, well-drained soil. Pour a watering can of water at the bottom of the hole, then the potting soil.

Goji: prepare a light garden soil with sand, then plant following our advice to successfully plant goji. An usual plant packed with edible  berries packed full of vitamin C.

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Which tree to plant in March?

March is the end of the planting season for deciduous trees such as oaks, maples and beeches and bare-rooted trees and shrubs.  Evergreens and conifers such as firs, Cypress and Thuya can be planted all year round.

Which Flowers to plant in March?

Many flowers can be planted in March, seeds can be sown directly outdoors for flowers such as Cosmos, Poppy and Sweet Peas. 

Hardy annuals can be sown direct outside, where they are to flower. 

Silver leaved flowering shrubs can be planted in March such as lavender, rosemary, santolina and artemisia. 

Echinacea purpurea: plant at the end of the month.  They  like sun and shelter with rich and drained soils.

Climbing plants such a Clematis and Jasmine. 

Purple mallow: dig a hole 3 times the size of the foot, add compost to the substrate and then plant.

 Roses: The Best time to plant roses is during their dormant season,  Autumn to Early Spring.

What flowers to plant in a planter?

Many other flowers and plants can be planted in pots and planters in March.  Here are some of Chipperfield’s favourites for March!

Agératum: sow warm. Our advice for hot sowing, in terrine

Pasque flower: soak the pots and paint the roots before planting the plants.

Buttercup ‘Estrella’: plant in light, non-calcareous, well drained soil, sunny exposure.

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