Daffodils, or narcissi, are usually at their peak in April, but if you can’t wait, it’s worth growing some early-flowering varieties to provide you with late winter and early spring colour.
Of course, to ensure they flower this early, you do need to plant them in a south-facing, sheltered spot. This will provide them with that extra bit of warmth to encourage them to flower.
Discover late-flowering daffodils to grow
Narcissi look especially good when grown in large, natural drifts. To naturalise them, throw handfuls of bulbs on the grass where they are to grow, and plant the bulbs where they land. You can use a bulb planter for quick planting.
Boost the winter colour in your garden with this beautiful selection of early-flowering daffodils.
Narcissus ‘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.
Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’
‘Ice Follies’ is a cheerful, bi-coloured variety with flattened, buttery yellow cups set against cream petals. Perfect for planting with muscari and spring crocuses.
H x S: 40cm x 15cm.
‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’
Narcissus ‘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.
Narcissus ‘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.
Arguably the most popular dwarf daffodil, ‘Tête-à-tête’ grows to just 15cm high, but packs a punch with a profusion of mid-yellow flowers. Try growing with wood anemones and scillas.
H x S: 15cm x 10cm.
‘Rip van Winkle’
Narcissus ‘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.