Plant and sow for spring colour


Flowering plants

March marks the beginning of the planting season for spring. The weather has cooled down a bit, so it’s time to sow spring-flowering seeds and start thinking about your spring bulbs.

  • Sow indigenous seeds like blue kingfisher daisies, Namaqualand daisies, bokbaaivygies and African daisies. They all thrive in warm, sunny spots.
  • Sow sweet pea seeds in full sun. They are available in knee-high (30cm) and climbing varieties (up to 2m). Climbing varieties will need a trellis or climbing support.
  • Sow fairy primula seeds in shady spots.
  • Add colour to dull areas of the garden by sowing calendula seeds. They’ll reward you with flowers in warm shades like apricot, cream and orange.
  • Plant fynbos like proteas, pincushions and ericas for early spring colour.
  • Stock up on spring-flowering bulbs, but wait until April before planting them. Choose from indigenous varieties like watsonia, lachenalia, chincherinchee, freesias, babianas, ixias, sparaxis and tritonia or exotic bulbs like irises, daffodils, anemones, ranunculus, paperwhites and hyacinths.