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Underplanting of daffodils


by Pippa Greenwood

In the last week of the school holidays a friend and I took our two sons to RHS Garden Wisley. We were extremely impressed by what we saw; the gardens were in really good condition.


Flowering cherry underplanted with daffodils at RHS Garden WisleyIn the last week of the school holidays a friend and I took our two sons to RHS Garden Wisley. We were extremely impressed by what we saw; the gardens were in really good condition. The mania surrounding preparations for the new glasshouse seems to have passed. All was relaxed and gorgeous.

I've always loved under-planting with drifts of bulbs and was bowled over by a stunning, snow-like drift of narcissus beneath a flower-packed cherry. The effect was breath-taking. Having worked for the RHS at Wisley for over 11 years I always joke that, according to the RHS, there is only one way to dig a hole ... and that's the Wisley way. In this instance I must say that I agree. Well, maybe not about digging holes, but about under-planting.

I shall print out my photograph of the display as a reminder that, come this autumn, I need to buy yet another huge sack of daffodils. Maybe we don't all have the space they do at Wisley, but naturalised bulbs like this look stunning beneath smaller trees - even shrubs.

Great glasshouse, borders coming along nicely, underplanting top-hole ... just a shame that the car park and signage is so awful!



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Gardeners' World Web User 29/04/2008 at 19:53

My Daffodils started flowering in the second week of January and just finished 2 weeks ago. I've never known them to be so early or last so long I live in mid west coast of Scotland has anyone else experienced this. My flowering Cherry is a pink blossom and has just started to show buds so no chance of having the lovely show of cherry blossom and daffodils together. I've just replanted the garden with perennials so at least the cherry blossom will cheer me up while I wait for the summer show

Gardeners' World Web User 02/05/2008 at 16:58

Under- planting with white daff's reminded me that i have lots of bluebells around an old apple tree, looks great but have noticed i have some white bluebells, can this be right?

Gardeners' World Web User 04/05/2008 at 22:08

Not only have the daffodils lasted for months this year, I had primroses out on Christmas Day and they are still producing loads of flowers!

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:31

It's not quite on the same scale, but I have something similar in my garden. We moved into a brand new house/garden 18months ago and the first garden I created was a white garden to compliment the white blossom on the cherry tree planted by the builders. Right now the blossom is looking stunning and the white daffodils set it off beautifully. I've also resolved to buy more white daffodil bulbs and plant this autumn to make even more impact next spring.