Most people think of daffodils as yellow trumpets, but there are a plethora of different looking flowers within this group of plants, known in Latin as Narcissus.
Daffodils are divided into different categories depending on their characteristics whether that be Large Cup (division 2) or Double (division 4).
The double daffodils offer a wow factor and are extremely eye-catching. 'Pencrebar' is a fabulous miniature double of bright yellow and impossible to ignore! For super scent, the multi-headed 'Cheerfulness' in a tone of cream and yellow is simply stunning. The yellow version 'Yellow Cheerfulness' is a good companion. Similar in form with many double blossoms per stem, but with even sweeter scent is 'Erlicheer' – there certainly is a lot to be cheerful about here!
How To Grow Daffodils?
Daffodils respond well to being grouped together in patches or used in pots. (Leave at least 3 inches between bulbs). Plant bulbs in autumn around 2 to 3 times the depth of the bulb and sit back and await a sensational spring. A good way to achieve a natural look is to throw the bulbs down and plant them where they land.
Daffodil Bulb Collection
Why not start a collection of different daffodils? You can buy a naturalising collection or try something very unusual with 'Rip Van Winkle' - a double with a difference, with spiky little heads or ‘Hoop Petticoat’ – like little cups of gold.
It is possible to make up a layered pot using different spring bulbs, often referred to as a 'bulb lasagne' - this entails planting up a pot with different types of bulbs to flower over a longer period. The Bottom layer would be daffodils – the largest bulbs, then a thin layer of soil followed by some tulips in the spaces between, then more soil, and for the top - how about Muscari (Grape Hyacinths) - shocking blue and as a smaller bulb, you can fit a fair few in a pot!
Daffodils are very easy to grow, they are not fussy and will multiply over the years offering a good horticultural investment.