Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in Your Garden in March

Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in Your Garden in March

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PLANNING AND PLANTING

* Catch the show in Boise. Plan to attend the eighth annual U.S. Bank Boise Flower & Garden Show, March 26-28, at the Boise Centre on the Grove (10-9 Fri-Sat, 11-5 Sun; $7; www.gardenshowboue.com or 888/888-7631). See indoor display gardens; shop among 150 booths for garden art, decor, plants, and more; and attend one of the free seminars sponsored by Sunset on topics ranging from perennials to water gardens.

* Plant bare-root perennials. Many perennials, including bleeding hearts, clematis, daylilies, ferns, peonies, phlox, and Oriental poppies, are available now as dormant bare-root plants packaged in boxes and bags. They can be transplanted into the garden as soon as the soil is workable. Choose plants with the least amount of green growth showing. Before planting, rehydrate plants by soaking them in a bucket of lukewarm water for a few hours. Follow the package directions for planting. Protect transplants with a 3- to 4-inch layer of loose mulch.

* Set out lily bulbs. Lilies like loose, moist soil generously amended with compost. Give them a location with morning sun and afternoon shade. Asiatic hybrids are hardy in all intermountain climate zones. Plant tall varieties beneath shrubs where overhanging branches can provide shade for the bulbs and support for the flowers. The Lily Garden (www.thelilygarden.com or 360/253-6273) generally carries a large selection of varieties and colors.

* Sow hardy annuals. Direct-sow seeds of hardy annuals in the garden. Among the flowers that germinate well in cold, moist soil are annual phlox (P. …

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