Collier's Garden Scoop
March 2018
Purple Shamrock
March is here, and we all know what that means: the spring planting season is just around the corner!  Several large shipments of annuals, perennials and herbs arrive today, including many fun and colorful options for indoors and out to cure your spring fever. Stop by this weekend ( we're now open Sundays from 1 to 5 ) and discover what's new for early spring!
March Hours
Monday - Saturday 9 to 5
Starting Monday, March 12th
we will be open until 5:30 (Monday - Saturday).
Now open Sundays 1 to 5!
What to Plant During March
Early Spring Annuals
The average last frost in central Alabama is March 20th. 
The latest recorded frost in our area was April 23rd; 
however, it's usually safe to plant all annuals by April 15th.
While we still have a few weeks to go before all threat of cold nights has passed, March is a great time to get started on container gardens and small annual beds that can be protected if a late freeze occurs. There are also several flowering options that will tolerate a light freeze (down to 28 degrees), including geraniums, petunias and marigolds. If you missed your chance to plant snapdragons in the fall, don't fret! Snaps can be planted now, will not mind cold nights, and will bloom happily into early summer.
Edibles & Herbs
Hardier herbs such as chives, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley and thyme are already in store. Basil is very cold-sensitive so wait until mid-April to plant it. Cool-season leafy greens such as chard, lettuce and spinach can be planted now and will thrive until summer heat sets in. Strawberries have also arrived!  If you'd like to try this easy-to-grow fruit you can plant them this month for harvest starting in early summer. Summer veggies will begin to arrive by mid to late March and can be planted as soon as you'd like (just be prepared to protect them from freezing temps).
Carolina Jessamine
Trees, Shrubs, Groundcovers, 
Vines & Perennials
March is an excellent time to tackle those larger landscaping projects. Planting trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines now allows them time to develop strong root systems before hot and dry summer weather arrives. Our perennial selection expands dramatically during March, so you can begin adding these hardy plants to your garden now regardless of our often fickle, early spring weather.
Boston ferns
Tropical Ferns
The first shipment of tropical ferns for the spring season has arrived and they are gorgeous! Hanging baskets of Asparagus, Boston, Fluffy Ruffles and Macho ferns are in stock. These can take a good bit of sun while temperatures are still cool, but will need shade, filtered or partial sun in late spring and summer, making them perfect for covered porches and shady patios. We also have sun-loving Kimberly Queen ferns, with an upright habit ideal for containers. All of these can be easily protected from cold temps by covering or bringing indoors.
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Collier's Nursery 
2904 Old Rocky Ridge Road
Birmingham, AL 35243