Growing Daffodils: Tips at a Glance
With at least 25,000 cultivars, Narcissus—known as daffodils—are flowering spring bulbs thati nclude jonquils (fragrant), tazettas (paperwhites), and miniatures.
- Type Flowering bulb
- Lifespan Long-lived perennial
- USDA Zones 3-8
- Light Sun or some shade
- Water Well-drained soil
- When to Plant Autumn
- Design Tips Plant in clumps
- Companions Anemone, tulip
- Peak Season March to May
Daffodils: A Field Guide
With papery ruffled-trumpet flowers, Narcissus greets spring cheerfully and with an unflappable poise.
Luckily for us and our gardens, there are at least 25,000 cultivars of Narcissus—commonly known as daffodils—that vary in height, flower form, and the number of flowers per stem (which can range from one to as many as 20). Types include jonquils (with fragrant yellow flowers), delicate tazettas (including paperwhites), and miniatures (useful for rock gardens).
From March to May, daffodils are versatile bloomers, performing well both in garden beds and in pots beside the door. Plant them in clumps for greatest effect and then sit back to enjoy the reliable show: Deer will not eat the flowers, squirrels will not eat the bulbs, and a cold snap will not faze hardier varieties.