Planting Daffodils For Spring Colour

Spring flowering bulbs are a joy. They burst forth from the earth with vitality and colour to herald the awakening of every new year. Here is my guide to planting daffodils.

Created by Nathan James Dodd on Thursday, 7th of November, 2013.
Updated on Friday, 16th of October, 2015.


Planting Daffodils For Spring Colour

Snowdrops and crocus are the first bulbs to brave the elements, sensing a slackening of winter's icy grip, but it's only when the daffodil finally kisses the winter goodbye that you know it's spring. 

Daffodil Varieties

Here are my top 6 recommendations for any garden:

1: February Gold

'February Gold' stands about 8 inches tall, a pretty daffodil with gold petals and a slightly darker yellow cap. 'Jack Snipe' is a bi-colour alternative with its yellow trumpet straining forward from splayed back petals of pure white.          

2: Jack Snipe

'Ice Follies', a standard size daffodil at 14 inches tall sports the same yellow and white colour scheme as 'Jack Snipe', yet the petals and trumpet are more rounded with smoother lines creating a much softer and more subtle effect.

3: King Alfred

Among the garden daffodils 'King Alfred' has been most aptly named for it is without doubt the single most popular daffodil. It may have many pretenders, but it still wears the crown. Its luminous yellow heads are synonymous with a British springtime. Plant at least 6 inches deep for the very best results. 

4: Cassata

'Cassata' is unusual for it has a deeply cut open yellow trumpet, that is shaped like butterfly wings. Pale yellow rounded petals serve to highlight the unusual shape of the trumpet.

5: Golden Ducat

'Golden Ducat' is one of the many mid-seasoned flowering varieties, a pure yellow double form with pointed petals that spiral outwards from the heart of the bloom.

6: Mount Hood

'Mount Hood' has all the poise of 'King Alfred' but is a pure white, in both trumpet and petal.      

For Further Information

The Daffodil Society - Information about growing and caring for daffodils as well as our organisation and activities.

The Royal Horticultural Society - The RHS advice for the genus Narcissus (Daffodil).

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