Low Desert Arizona Garden in March

What grows in low desert Arizona gardens in March? I’ll show you. All of these pictures come from my garden in Mesa, Arizona. 

Arizona Garden in March

"Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of his instruments, not the composer." Geoffrey Charlesworth

March in the low desert Arizona garden is one of the most beautiful times of year. Take time to enjoy your garden this month. Many gardens offer garden tours during the month of March. Enjoy the beautiful weather at the tour and take note of plants, flowers, trees and vegetables you see growing and would like to add to your landscape. 

There are important garden tasks to do in March, such as pruning frost-damaged plants and thinning fruit trees (see a list of garden tasks for March below). Harvests from fall plantings are ending as planting continues for the spring and summer gardens

Keep reading for garden inspiration, a March garden checklist, and a list of which vegetables, herbs and flowers to plant in your low desert Arizona garden in March.

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Vegetables growing in the low desert Arizona garden in March

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Because of the heat of Arizona summers, we have a short growing season. Look for tomatoes with a short (60-90) days to maturity. These are often types with small to medium fruit or Roma or paste varieties. Varieties highly recommended for Arizona include Punta BandaCelebrityPearson and Cherokee Purple.

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Pepper plants require a long warm growing season. In the low desert of Arizona, start seeds indoors in late December or early January. Begin hardening off transplants about 10 days before planting in late February and early March.

Growing Cucumbers in Arizona

Cucumbers grow best with a long warm (but not hot) growing season. To overcome the challenges of growing cucumbers in Arizona, the key is to plant cucumbers early in the season and plant short-season varieties that will ripen before the hottest days of summer.

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Asparagus harvests begin in late February and continue throughout the month of March. Harvest stalks that are at least ¼ inch in diameter. Let smaller stalks grow through the summer to give energy to the roots.

If you aren’t growing asparagus, consider dedicating a 4 foot by 4 foot raised bed for growing it. Plant asparagus November through February in the low desert of Arizona. 

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Tips for growing flowers in the low desert Arizona garden in March

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In Arizona, plant sunflowers from February through July, so you can enjoy the blooms nearly year-round. Pops of yellow flowers brighten up a summer yard. Learning how to grow sunflowers is an easy way to add color and variety to a summer garden and yard.

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Purple lilac vine is in bloom in February and March. This Australian native flowers in winter. It can be grown on a trellis or as a ground cover. The vine has green foilage when not in flower.

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Wildflowers planted back in the fall put on a show for much of February and March. Plant wildflower seeds of cosmos, poppies, lupine, blue flax and more. I love this wildflower mix from Native Seeds Search

Arizona Garden in March
Arizona Garden in March
firecracker pentstemon
Firecracker Penstemon
parry's penstemon
Parry's Penstemon
evening primrose
Evening Primrose
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Fruit trees in the low desert Arizona garden in March

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Anna Apple in bloom

Plant fruit trees this month. Look for trees that have low chill hours (less than 400), mature early, and self-pollinate. This fruit planting guide has a list of fruit trees that do well in the low desert of Arizona.

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As blossoms become fruit on your fruit trees, fruit should be thinned before it is an inch in diameter. Thin fruit within about a month after full bloom. Fruit thinned later than this lessens the chance that fruit size will increase. For more information, read this article.

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March is the perfect time to plant citrus in Arizona. Choose the correct variety for the location and your tastebuds. 

Questions about growing citrus? This article answers 10 questions about how to grow citrus and includes guidelines for selecting, planting, watering, and fertilizing citrus.

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Herbs in the low desert Arizona garden in March

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Harvest chamomile when the petals are flat or beginning to fall back from bud. Harvest flowers on a sunny day after dew has dried. Flowers can be air-dried or dried in a dehydrator – they are dry when flower crumbles easily. Use 1 teaspoon of dried petals in diffuser per cup of water for tea. If using fresh flowers for tea, double amounts – drying flowers concentrates the flavor and oils. Read this article for more information about how to grow chamomile

How to grow Borage

Consider planting borage next to each tomato plant. The bees and your tomatoes will thank you. Read this article for more information about how to grow borage.

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March is a good time to divide woody herbs such as oreganoRead this article for more information about how to grow oregano.

Flowering Dill

Read this article for more information about how to grow dill. 


Read this article for more information about how to grow calendula.

Low desert Arizona garden in March to-do list:

Arizona Garden in March


  • March is a great time to plant citrus trees and the best month to plant watermelon.
  • Plant fruit trees early in the month so they have time to settle in before the heat of the summer. Look for varieties which require less than 400 chill hours, have early maturing fruit, and are self-pollinating.
  • Plant heirloom roses and container-grown roses this month on the north or east sides of yard that receive afternoon shade in the summer.  
  • Plant cold-tolerant trees, bushes, and perennials as well as frost-sensitive plants such as lantana and hibiscus. Plant summer flowering shrubs. Do not over plant, be aware of mature size of plant, and space accordingly.
  • Although the weather is still cool, think twice before planting cool-season annuals this month. It will be heating up soon and their time in the ground will be short. Better to plant warm-season annuals when they are available.
  • Plant blackberries and grapes this month. 
  • Plant ginger and turmeric rhizomes this month. 
Guidelines for planting a landscape plant


  • Check irrigation system and timer. Run system, and inspect all drips and sprinklers for leaks and proper watering. 
  • As temperatures heat up, annual plants will need more frequent watering. Water to a depth of about 6 inches, and allow top of soil to dry out before watering again. 
  • Check containers with a moisture meter or make sure top inch or so of soil has dried out before watering. 
  • Water established citrus trees once every 2-3 weeks. 
  • Water established fruit trees once every 7-10 days.
  • Wateruseitwisely.com is a helpful resource for landscape watering guidelines.

Watering depth guidelines


  • Prune frost damage from frost-tender plants such as hibiscus and lantana this month. 
  • If you haven’t already, prune established roses and deciduous fruit trees. Clean up all fallen leaves and debris to discourage disease and insects.  
  • Prune dead branches out of cold-hardy trees and shrubs.  
  • March is the perfect month to prune evergreen trees and shrubs
  • Clean up and remove dead or damaged wood and crossing branches on citrus. 
  • Do not prune newly-planted trees or shrubs. 
Why did my plant die?


Citrus Fertilizing chart

Yard to do and clean-up:

  • Thin fruit on deciduous fruit treesThis article will help explain the process. 
  • Remove spent winter-growing annuals. Stressed plants attract pests.   
  • Thin warm-season annuals to keep plants from overcrowding each other. 
  • Clean up and remove dead or damaged wood and crossing branches on citrus. 
  • Remove dead plants in yard. Look at landscape and make note of how plants look and their performance. March is a good time to transplant and move plants within your yard to areas where they get more or less sun depending on the needs of the plants. 
  • Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around base of shrubs and trees. Mulching reduces soil temperatures and adds organic matter to the soil. 
Reasons to add mulch

What to plant in the low desert Arizona garden in March:

  • Prepare beds for spring planting – Add compost and other organic matter to the soil.
  • It’s important to have your soil tested at least once a year. A soil test can determine the health of your soil.
  • Add a balanced fertilizer if needed. 

Herbs to plant in the low desert garden in March

Arizona Garden in March

Anise, Basil, Bay, Caraway, Catnip, Chamomile, Chives, Epazote, Fennell, French Tarragon, Garlic Chives, Germander, Ginger, Horehound, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Grass, Lemon Verbena, Marjoram, MintParsley, Rue, Safflower, Sage, Winter Savory, Summer Savory, Thyme, Turmeric, Yarrow

Plant from seed: Anise,  Fennel, Hyssop, Safflower

Plant from seed or transplant: Basil, Catnip, Chamomile, Chives, Espazote, Horehound, Parsley, Rue, Winter Savory, Summer Savory, Yarrow

Plant from transplant:  Bay, French Tarragon, Garlic Chives, Germander, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Grass, Lemon Verbena, Marjoram, MintRosemarySageThyme

Plant from rhizomes: Ginger, Turmeric

Arizona Herb Planting Guide helps you learn when to plant over 30 different herbs in Arizona, and whether to plant seeds or transplants.

Vegetables to plant in the low desert garden in March

Arizona Garden in March

Plant all month

Armenian CucumberArtichokes*, Blackberries*, CantaloupeCarrots, Corn, Cucamelon*, Cucumber, Eggplant*, Grapes*, Green Onions, Ground Cherries*, Malabar SpinachOkra, Peanuts, Peppers*, PumpkinRadishesSweet Potatoes*, Summer SquashSunflowers, Tomatillos*, Tomatoes*, Watermelon, Winter Squash

Plant after March 15

Beans, Black-eyed Peas, Edamame, Lima Beans, Okra, Peanuts, Roselle HibiscusSnake (Asparagus Beans)

* plant from transplant

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide helps you learn when to plant vegetables in Arizona, and whether to plant seeds or transplants.

With 50 vegetables listed that grow well in the low desert of Arizona you are sure to find one to try. 

Flowers to plant in the low desert garden in March

Flowers to plant in March in the low desert

Bee Balm, Butterfly Weed, Coleus, Coreopsis, Cosmos,  Dianthus, Dahlias, Desert Marigold, Desert Milkweed, Dusty Miller, English Daisy, Four O’Clock, Gaillardia, Gazania, Globe Amaranth, Geranium, Gloriosa Daisy, Hollyhock, Lisianthus, Marigold, Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia), Ornamental Pepper, Petunia, Portulaca, Purslane, Ranunculus, Rudbeckia, Salvia, SpilanthesSunflower, Sweet Alyssum, Wild Hyssop, Vinca, Zinnia

Flowers on this list that do well started from seed are Bee Balm, Butterfly Weed, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Four O’Clock, Globe Amaranth, Hollyhock, Marigold, Mexican Sunflower, Rudbeckia, Spilanthes, Sunflowers, Wild Hyssop, Zinnia

Arizona annual flowers planting guide helps you learn when to plant flowers in Arizona, and whether to plant seeds or transplants.

Would you like the low-desert planting dates for vegetables, herbs, and flowers in a convenient calendar? 

*PLANTING GUIDE: Each month has a planting guide (letter boards) for the vegetables, herbs, and flowers to plant in the low desert of Arizona. 

*HARVEST GUIDE: Harvest guides are the harvest photos of what it is possible to harvest each month. 

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