When do daffodils bloom?
Daffodil season starts in late winter. Depending on the variety and where you live in the UK, daffodils, or narcissi, can flower as early as January but typically around March, peaking by April. If you love daffodils and want to enjoy daffodil flowers for as long as possible, it’s a good idea to plant some early-flowering varieties to provide you with daffodil blooms before other varieties start to grow.
For the earliest display of daffodils, plant bulbs in a south-facing, sheltered spot. This will provide them with that extra bit of warmth to encourage them to bloom early.
Boost the winter colour in your garden with this beautiful selection of early-flowering daffodils.
Daffodil ‘February Gold’
‘February Gold’ is perhaps the most well known of the early-flowering daffodils, and is a medium-sized variety with rich yellow blooms. Plant in full sun for the best chance of early blooms.
Height x spread: 30cm x 10cm.
Daffodil ‘Ice Follies’
H x S: 40cm x 15cm.
Daffodil ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’
This lovely trumpet daffodil can flower as early as January, so is ideal if you’re looking for winter colour. Looks fabulous planted with snowdrops and crocuses.
H x S: 40cm x 20cm.
Daffodil ‘Early Bride’
As the name suggests, ‘Early Bride’ appears in March, sometimes earlier, displaying its golden yellow cups and ivory-white petals.
H x S: 50cm x 20cm.
H x S: 15cm x 10cm.
Daffodil ‘Rip van Winkle’
‘Rip van Winkle’ is a rather flamboyant dwarf cultivar with cut petals giving the flowers a starry appearance. Provides fabulous cut flowers and is great for growing in pots.
H x S: 15cm x 8cm.
Daffodils can be deadheaded, which prevents energy being spent on seed production, but don’t cut back the foliage until it’s withered and brown. To produce more daffodils, you can carefully lift clumps and remove some of the bulbs to plant elsewhere.