Garden Club suggests dressing up your yard with daffodils

Garden Club suggests dressing up your yard with daffodils

North Haven Garden Club members have planted daffodil bulbs almost every fall for the past several years in many of the gardens we tend to, which includes all public, memorial and historical gardens in our great town. Planting daffodils is extremely rewarding. Seeing the hard work from past seasons’ plantings start to bloom when the weather warms up is a beautiful site. 

Did you know that there are several varieties of daffodils? They typically bloom in the spring and don't require a lot of care to thrive. The only small problem is the bulbs contain lycoring, which makes them mildly toxic.

An added benefit to planting daffodils is that squirrels, rabbits, deer, moles, voles and any other rodent-type critters out there won't eat the bulbs. Tulips, on the other hand, smell like dessert to squirrels and deer. Listed are 10 different types of daffodils that will look great in your spring garden.

Trumpet Daffodils - This is a traditional bulb that has a yellow or white flower, a large bloom with a single trumpet in the center and six large petals circling the center. The flower petals are as long as the trumpet itself, they grow well in sun or shade, and need moderate water and moist soil.

Large-Cupped Daffodils - These have the same one-stem structure as the trumpet, but the petals are only about 1/3 the size of the trumpet's. They come in a wide range of colors, such as pink, white, yellow, peach and red, and prefer to grow in full sun with moderate water and well drained soil.

Small-Cupped Daffodils - This variety blooms mid-season with flowers that are a pasty white or yellow. They are a smaller version of the traditional daffodil with a smaller trumpet, can grow in in-direct sunlight, average water and well-drained soil, and are a favorite to grow indoors.  

Double Daffodils - With its two rows of petals, this variety looks quite exquisite compared to the previous types. Twice as many petals, which makes it look more like a carnation. These will do best in partial to full sun in well-drained soil, bloom mid- to late-spring and come in white, pink, peach, or red.

Angel Tears Daffodils - These beauties produce more than one flower per stem, most have 3 to 5. The petals flare back from the center of the flower, and have a strong scent that is very noticeable with blooms of white or yellow. These can grow in sun or shade with well-drained soil.  

Miniature Daffodils - This is the smallest of all, 10-12 inches at maturity, and resembles the traditional one stem flower. Petals tend to flex backward, and the corona (trumpet) faces the ground when growing. Miniature daffodils are shade tolerant, which make them a great addition to a rock garden or areas that are shaded by trees or bushes. They need a lot of water to grow and well-drained soil.

Jonquilla Daffodils - This variety has 3 to 5 blooms on each stem with flowers that have a strong scent. The trumpet is about half the length of the surrounding petals, and prefers to grow in full sun with a bit of humidity. It doesn't need water to grow and does best in well-drained soil.

Poeticus Daffodils – This type of daffodil has a small trumpet with long petals on each stem. The petals are white with a golden trumpet, which makes it really stand out in the garden. These have a delightful fragrance that will remind you of a hyacinth. They can grow in sun or shade and prefer damp soil.

Golden Bell Daffodils - These produce a single flower on each stem, are yellow and shaped like a bell with short petals when compared to the trumpet; and the stem looks like chives. They prefer to grow in full sun with soil that is slightly acidic.

Split Corona Daffodils - This one is a real stand-out, mainly because the trumpet of the flower is split or divided into several sections. It still produces one flower per stem with several rings of pedals layered to create a beautiful bloom. Some varieties have ruffled edges, which gives the pedals an interlocking look that will take your breath away. They are simple to care for, do best in full sun and well-drained soil and can grow 12 to 25 inches in height. 

Submitted by North Haven Garden Club member
Cindy Golia.

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