Where to Plant Daffodil Bulbs
Daffodils like sun or part sun and need well-drained soil. Hillsides are great and for naturalizing - any sunny area you don’t have to mow will do well. They are lovely peeking up through ground covers and can give a perennial bed spring color before the perennials start to grow. Daffodils can grow well beneath leafy trees as they will finish blooming before the trees have leafed out. They do not do well under evergreens.
Planting Daffodil Bulbs
Daffodils like a well-drained enriched garden soil. It’s best to dig deeper than the required depth and enrich the soil with compost and Yum Yum Mix or other amendments. Another great tool to have handy is the Bulb Auger (LINK). Attach it to a drill and bulb planting is even easier! Plant six weeks before you expect frost. Plant the larger bulbs 3 times deeper than the bulb’s height (this is the general rule for all large bulbs). A typical garden daffodil bulb is 2-3 inches in height, so you would plant bulb at least 6-9 inches below the soil. Pointed side up! Roots side down! Cover with soil, water well, and you are on your way to spring flowers. Continue to water if needed until winter moisture arrives.
Advantages Of Planting Daffodils
Two important pluses to planting daffodil bulbs: deer and squirrels don’t like them, and many varieties naturalize when happy. A bulb that naturalizes is a bulb that returns and multiplies every year. Like interest on a bank account, bulb dividends will spread informally through your garden, paying you back in flowers for years to come.
There are many varieties of daffodils with bloom times from early to late spring. Be sure to choose a selection of bloom times to keep you in flowers all spring long – or make life simple and choose a collection of bulbs that span the season, such as High Country Garden’s 60 Days of Daffodils.
Daffodils originated in the meadows and woods of the Iberian peninsula, in what is now Spain and Portugal. They have been cultivated for many centuries and were well known and cultivated in Europe in the 16th century.
Did you know? Spring bulb blooms provide honeybees and other pollinators an early spring food source.
Choosing The Right Daffodil Bulbs
Daffodils vary greatly in look, height, color, and flower. Here are three simple categories we use to make finding the perfect daffodils for your yard easy. There are many varieties that are sweetly fragrant. (If you’re looking for fragrance, be sure to search our filters for “fragrant flowers” under Advantages.)
About Garden/Trumpet Daffodils
Garden Daffodils (also known as Trumpet or Large-Cupped) The most stately group of daffodils, they are the type we most frequently think of when we think ‘daffodil’. Taller and larger flowered than other types, the High Country Gardens selections are chosen for their improved garden performance, sturdy wind and snow resistant stems, and interesting colors.
About Wildflower Daffodils
Wildflower Daffodils are some of my favorites. The High Country Gardens selections are non-hybridized heirloom flowers. They will naturalize (multiply) readily and can create beautiful drifts of flowers when happy. These flowers are shorter than the Garden types and are usually about 6 – 14 inches tall. Plant the bulbs at a depth of 3 inches (see details under Planting, below).
About Miniature Daffodils
Miniature Daffodils are the minis of the daffodil world. Often just six inches tall, they pack a colorful punch of color. They will also naturalize well and form colonies of flowers. They are lovely planted around borders and amongst perennials. Plant the bulbs at a depth of 3 inches (see details under Planting, below).