Whatever the weather, March marks the start of spring! And for us gardeners, the excitement is palpable. New shoots are erupting everywhere and there's a burgeoning array of plants to bring colour to our gardens. Here, we share our favourites. There's something for every space, whether you want a pot to brighten a patio or a statement shrub to bring years of pleasure. Our choices include recommendations from the Gardeners' World team and familiar faces from across the gardening industry.


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Almond tree

Almond blossom chosen by Sue Kent
Almond trees grow best in milder areas, training against a south-facing wall will help protect it

Chosen by Sue Kent, Gardeners' World presenter

My almond tree, covered in blossom, is a real March highlight for me, especially as the blossom was an unexpected bonus! I planted the tree because I love growing my own food and harvesting my own nuts is a step nearer self-sufficiency – and luckily squirrels don’t seem to like them.

Chrysosplenium macrophyllum

Saxifrage chosen by Nick Bailey
Also known as giant golden saxifrage, it's perfect for brightening a shady corner in February-March

Chosen by Nick Bailey, Gardeners' World presenter

I did a double take when I first encountered this bergenia-looking perennial, thanks to its unique green-white umbel-like flowers studded with pink stamens! Ideal for dappled shade, its large and lush leaves eventually form a ground-covering carpet.

Bellis daisies

Bellis daisies chosen by Sinead Fenton
This hardy perennial makes a cheery addition to pots and borders, flowering in spring and autumn

Chosen by Sinead Fenton, Aweside Farm manager

I find myself breathing a large sigh of relief once the Bellis daisies begin springing to life after their winter dormancy. Their vibrant and fluffy pink, red and white flowers uplift the spirit after those long and grey winter days and I find myself with a new found spring in my step once they arrive.

Narcissus 'Tête-à-Tête'

Tete a tete chosen by Kevin Smith
At only 15cm tall, Narcissus 'Tête-à-Tête' can be grown in pots or at the front of borders

Chosen by Kevin Smith, head of content

Great value, easy to grow and full of spring cheer, this mini daff has been my go-to choice for as long as I can remember. I grow Narcissus 'Tête-à-Tête' in plain terracotta pots and place them on the deck, right outside my kitchen window – the perfect way to enjoy them without having to venture into the cold!


Flowering quince chosen by Catherine Mansley
Flowering quince chosen by Catherine Mansley

Chosen by Catherine Mansley, digital editor

Flowering quinces provide such a welcome burst of colour, with their chunky pink flowers, held on bare stems. These are the ultimate unfussy plant, they will grow in almost any soil, in sun or partial shade, and you can train them into an informal hedge or to grow up a wall.


Holly chosen by Jaime Johnson
Only female holly plants bear berries, and it can only do so if there is a male plant growing nearby

Chosen by Jaime Johnson, outdoor educator and blogger

Common holly is famous for its red berries in autumn and winter, but early spring is when I most enjoy this evergreen shrub, with its spiky elliptical leaves. Ilex aquifolium is slow growing and often outcompeted in hedgerows but in march; when deciduous plants are only just budding, the glossy leaves really stand out. In woodland settings, this is a great time of year to spot tiny saplings making the most of the limited tree canopy and burgeoning sunlight hours of spring.

Primula Pretty Polly

Primula chosen by Michael Perry
Primula Pretty Polly is a giant, double polyanthus, with up to 15 flowers on a single stem

Chosen by Michael Perry, presenter and plant lover

A real step forward for plant breeding, and bred just outside Cambridge. A Polyanthus-style stem, topped with double flowers, in all sorts of chic colours. It makes a joyful punctuation to a cool season bedding scene, or why not give it pride of place in a pot on an outdoor table top.

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Clematis 'Apple Blossom'

Clematis 'Apple Blossom' chosen by Emma Crawforth
Clematis 'Apple Blossom' produces a mass of small flowers. It is vigorous and can grow to 3mx5m

Chosen by Emma Crawforth, horticultural editor

Almost out of nowhere, a blanket of pink-blushed flowers overwhelm my garden fence, saying "spring is here!" This evergreen climber is only frost-hardy, so grow it in a sunny, sheltered spot where you can enjoy its almond scented flowers.

Leucojum aestivum

Snowflake chosen by Lily Middleton
Snowflakes need moist, bog-like soil to thrive, and can be planted 'in the green' after flowering

Chosen by Lily Middleton, content creator

I'll never forget the time when, early in my career, I mistook a snowflake for a snowdrop - never again! They tend to be bigger than snowdrops, with green markings on their flowers, and are a wonderful addition to the spring garden.

Narcissus pseudonarcissus

Narcissus chosen by Oliver Parsons
Our native daffodil looks wonderful naturalised in grass as it would grow in the wild

Chosen by Oliver Parsons, horticultural sub-editor

It's been a cold, wet winter, and it seems like spring may never happen again. Then it happens - you're walking to work through a park one morning and these beauties are there for you, shouting their little yellow heads off and cheering everyone up as they go. And it means it must be my birthday soon, too.