In March, the earliest spring blooming bulbs begin their color burst. Expect to see crocus, hyacinth, and narcissus begin to bloom, depending on the warming of the month. Spring starflower (Ipheon uniflorus) and Star of Bethlehem, with their white flowers striped with green, (Ornithagalum umbellatum and O. nutans) are very familiar to our return visitors.
This part of the South is lucky to have winter months mild enough to allow some annuals, such as English daisy (Bellis perennis) and pansy varieties (Viola sp.) to survive, and in many cases, bloom throughout the winter. These annuals are over-planted above tulips so that the spring effect is one of a multi-layered composition with complementary tulips blooming above a groundcover effect of hardy annuals.
In the last two weeks of March, expect to see periwinkle (Vinca minor) and Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) begin to bloom. If the days are mild, you might see golden Carolina Jasmine (Gelsimium sempervirens) begin to bloom on fences, while flowering quince and some fruit trees will bloom in their permutations of white and pink.