Have you ordered your fall bulbs yet? If not, do it today (the best varieties sell out fast). We’ve rounded up our favorite new offerings from the daffodil family (or do you say narcissus)—along with a few fragrant, rare, and antique flowers we can’t resist.
Most daffodils will come back year after year in a temperate climate (see growing zone tips in the captions below):
Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’
The official description of ‘Blushing Lad’ (from the American Daffodil Society’s database of more than 25,000 named varieties): “Soft yellow with halo at base of cup; at maturity edges of cup develop pink flush; three blooms per stem.” They had us at “pink flush.”
Narcissus ‘Double Itzim’
Narcissus ‘Eleanor Auchincloss’
Narcissus ‘King Alfred’
Narcissus ‘Night Cap’
‘Firetail’, introduced in 1910, is a descendant of the ancient Narcissus poeticus. Also known as Pheasant Eye narcissus, these varieties are fragrant, with “elegant white petals set off to great effect by a small, red-rimmed cup,” writes Kendra. See more in Gardening 101: Pheasant Eye Narcissus.
A long-time favorite of Kendra: Tazetta Daffodil Grand Primo is deer-resistant and hardy in growing zones 4-9. A bag of 100 bulbs is $32.50 from Dutch Bulbs.
N.B: Placing a bulb order or designing a spring garden? See more ideas: