The most popular companion of the tulip, daffodils are spring flowering bulbs mostly known as yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. However, daffodils (Narcissus) offer a wider range of flower shapes and colors that are absolutely fabulous when combined with other spring bulbs. Long lived, they naturalize and multiply year after year. Versatile, they are perfect for beds and borders, rock gardens, containers or window boxes. They also make gardening easy. Once planted, there is nothing left to do: these bulbs can stay right where they are and produce flowers year after year. As an added, most are fragrant and all are deer and rodent resistant.
- Planted in the fall, they produce their cheerful blossoms from early to late spring, depending on weather conditions and cultivars.
- Hardy, they do very well within hardiness zones 3 to 9.
- Their planting depth is generally 2 or 3 times the size of the bulb and they will thrive in moist soil and full sun.
- After blooming, do not remove their leaves for about 6 weeks to allow the bulb to absorb nutrients and grow for the following year.
- There are so many daffodil types that they are classified into 12 groups, mostly reflecting the number or size of the flowers per stem or the shape of the petals.