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Five bulbs for March flowers

With winter at an end and temperatures just beginning to rise, March sees bulbs flowering in their droves – daffodils in particular.

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Spring-flowering bulbs work equally well within border displays or container planting schemes. They’re well suited to the good drainage that pots and containers provide, which is perfect if you have a smaller garden, balcony or windowsill. Try creating a narcissus window box or a primula and anemone container display.

Discover five beautiful bulbs for March flowers, below.

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Chionodoxa

The dainty, star-shaped flowers of chionodoxa bulbs, like ‘Pink Giant’, look the most impactful when planted in large drifts as you’d see with other spring-flowering bulbs like bluebells and scillas (below).

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Hyacinths

Hyacinths planted outside in autumn will be coming into bloom towards the end of March. They look especially attractive combined with other similarly coloured pulmonarias and primulas. The demure ‘Carnegie’ has snowy white blooms, while those of ‘Woodstock’ are a deep maroon-purple.

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Daffodils

Whereas in February it’s mostly just early dwarf daffodils in flower, larger varieties like ‘Spellbinder’ and ‘Ice Follies’ will now be in bloom too. Don’t forget to enjoy them inside as well as out, by using some as scented cut flowers in a vase. Here are 10 of our favourites.

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Crocus

Most species and varieties of crocus will be in flower now, bringing splashes of violet and orange to the garden. For many, this’ll be their last month in flower, but keep in mind that you can lift and divide them a few weeks after flowering.

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Scilla siberica

Also known as the Siberian squill, Scilla siberica look particularly magnificent when planted in large drifts below trees and shrubs, creating a sea of nodding blue flowers. You could also naturalise them in lawns and combine with the likes of crocus and daffodils.

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