Ah, these heralds of spring! In pots, borders, rock gardens, beds, window boxes, lawns- is there anywhere these beauties don't look good? And these don't come in just classic medium sized yellow anymore- pink, peach, white, red, big beautiful singles, ruffled doubles, and groups of little tête-à-têtes. There are well over 1000 varieties of Narcissus commercially available and many ways to use them in your garden.
Daffodils are perennial spring bloomers, meaning that in bulb form they are planted in the fall. They are available in the spring as growing potted bulbs ready to set into a decorative container or into a garden bed for springtime enjoyment.
After the foliage yellows they can then be transplanted directly into the garden and will continue to bloom year after year. As with many bulbs, daffodils are very suitable for growing in pots or window boxes or for filling in among plants in the garden bed. They are wonderful additions to borders and lawns (use a bulb planter if you want to create a stunning springtime display and still keep your grass nice).
When using bulbs, planting in masses gives the best impact. In garden beds, groups of three planted in loose triangle shapes looks best. For lawns or in a large space under trees, a more natural look can be done by “sowing” the bulbs onto the ground and planting them where they land.
Narcissus should be planted twice as deep as the height of the bulb. Shallow planting makes the bulbs reproduce faster but smaller, while deeper planting creates larger bulbs more slowly. Incorporate fertilizer at planting time or feed with a slow-release product in fall. Cut off the heads if you wish, leaving the foliage (do not tie up or knot) until it yellows or dies back naturally will provide the bulb with the greatest amount of nutrients.
When division is needed (mark your daffodils location in the spring so that in summer you can find them) to lift the clump and divide, replanting bulbs on the same day. If you choose to have them indoors as a cut flower, it is best to enjoy them on their own as Narcissus species contain calcium oxalate crystals that often cause other flowers in the vase to wilt.
Here are some of our favorite varieties that are available during spring. Please call for specific availability.
We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.