Boldly announcing the arrival of spring, Daffodils (Narcissus species) are easy to grow and will look fantastic for many springs to come. And despite what you might think, they come in an array of unusual and interesting shapes and colours.
To create a fantastic natural-looking display of daffodils, throw a handful of bulbs over the area you intend to plant up. This ensures that you avoid planting in lines or patterns that will look funny once they start producing flowers.
DAFFODILS TO LOOK OUT FOR
An old favourite, and with good reason. They produces a profusion of large, long lasting and eye-catching blooms. e
Tete a Tete
Very popular and delightful miniature daffodil. Perfect for in pots or in the ground.
Delightfully fragrant and early flowering with gorgeously ornate blooms.
Free-flowering, slightly scented and vibrant miniature daffodil, Perfect for pots or in the ground.
Provides masses of beautiful flowers with bright white petals with a small, delicate yellow trumpet.et.
Produces unusual and attractive looking flowers, with a vibrant and frilly apricot cup.
IN THE GROUND
- To avoid the bulbs rotting over winter you need to find a relatively free draining spot in full sun.
- In areas where drainage is a problem it's worth planting in mounds and taking a bit of time to try and improve the soil structure before planting. This can be done by forking over the area, mixing in Compost and Sheep Pellets, and dressing with Gypsum Claybreaker.
- Leave between 10-12cm between each bulb, and plant to a depth of 8-10cm deep.
- Feed with Kings Slow Release Bulb Food.
- Water thoroughly after planting.
- Site your container or pot in full sun.
- Use Thrive bulb mix. Ensure you don't use potting mixes containing water storage crystals.
- In larger pots leave between 10-12m between each bulb and plant to a depth of 8-10cm deep.
- Allow foliage to fully die back. Don't be tempted to cut it back early as this will weaken the bulbs, and often lead to a weaker display of flowers in the following spring.
- If you only have a small space, but want to get a few different types of spring bulbs, try lasagna planting. This involves planting an array of different bulbs into a pot. For this to work well it's best if you select bulbs that like to be planted at different depths, and make layers of different bulbs. The results can be fantastic. For more info on lasagna planting click here