Daffodil And Crocus, Two Deer Resistant Spring-Blooming Flower BulbsDaffodil And Crocus, Two Deer Resistant Spring-Blooming Flower Bulbs

Daffodils & Other Deer Resistant Spring-Blooming Bulbs

Daffodils, also known by the Latin genus Narcissus, are named after the vain youth of Greek mythology who broke Echo’s heart and succumbed to his own reflection in a pool of water. Well, Daffodils have the right to be a little vain, as they are a superb group of beautiful flowers.  There are many groups of daffodils that categorize them by size, flower shape, and flower count.

To the average gardener, the most important things to remember about Daffodils are:

  • They are deer proof (above ground) and gopher and mole/vole proof (underground)
    Different cultivars bloom at different times in spring

The different bloom times of Daffodils and other deer-resistant spring-blooming bulbs help you to extend the show of flowers in spring. Plant early spring bloomingmid-spring blooming, and late spring blooming varieties. When shopping online, use the Bloom Time filters to help find the right bulbs.

Daffodils

Daffodils grow well in sun and part sun and are not fussy about their soil, as long as it has good drainage and modest fertility. They are an excellent choice for planting into the dappled shade under tall shade trees in amongst other shade-loving perennials.

Learn more in our guide: How To Plant Daffodils

Other Deer Resistant Spring-Blooming Bulbs

There are also other equally beautiful spring-blooming bulbs that resist browsing by deer. These flowers have compounds or fragrances in them that are unpalatable - or sometimes toxic - to deer and critters.

Looking for even more deer resistant plants to fill your garden? Explore our Deer Resistant Perennial Plants.

Favorite Deer-Resistant Flower Combinations

  1. Purple Allium aflatunense Bulbs Purple Sensation, Allium aflatunense, Allium aflatunense Bulbs Purple Sensation

    Purple Sensation Allium blooms with large violet-purple globe shaped flowers on tall stems. A fantastic nectar source for the bees....

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    Purple Sensation Allium Purple Sensation Ornamental Onion Allium aflatunense Purple Sensation
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    Purple Sensation Allium blooms with large violet-purple globe shaped flowers on tall stems. A fantastic nectar source for the bees.
  2. Yellow Miniature Daffodil Bulbs Tete-a-Tete, Narcissus, Miniature Daffodil Bulbs Tete-a-Tete

    Tete-a-Tete Miniature Daffodil (Narcissus Tete-a-Tete) is a perky little heirloom daffodil that has fragrant buttercup-yellow petals and yellow-orange cups. With 2 to 3 flowers per s...

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    Tete-a-Tete Miniature Daffodil Tete-a-Tete Miniature Daffodil Narcissus Tete-a-Tete
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    Tete-a-Tete Miniature Daffodil (Narcissus Tete-a-Tete) is a perky little heirloom daffodil that has fragrant buttercup-yellow petals and yellow-orange cups. With 2 to 3 flowers per stem, Tete-a-Tete is a prolific bloomer that forms large colonies.
  3. Fritillaria meleagris Bulbs, Fritillaria meleagris, Crown Imperial Bulbs close up

    This woodland bulb grows as a multicolored mix of pure white and white-checkered reddish-purple nodding bells....

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    Snake's Head Fritillary Snake's Head Fritillary Fritillaria meleagris
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    This woodland bulb grows as a multicolored mix of pure white and white-checkered reddish-purple nodding bells.
  4. Chionodoxa forbesii 'Blue Giant', Glory of the Snow Bulbs

    Glory of the Snow Blue Giant (Chionodoxa forbesii) has compact spikes of white eyed, bright blue flowers in early spring. Deer resistant and perennial....

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    Blue Giant Glory Of The Snow Blue Giant Glory Of The Snow Chionodoxa forbesii Blue Giant
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    Glory of the Snow Blue Giant (Chionodoxa forbesii) has compact spikes of white eyed, bright blue flowers in early spring. Deer resistant and perennial.

by High Country Gardens

Daffodil Bulbs 'New Baby'
Miniature Daffodil Bulbs
'New Baby'

Daffodils, also known by the Latin genus Narcissus, are named after the vain youth of Greek mythology who broke Echo’s heart and succumbed to his own reflection in a pool of water.  Well, Daffodils have the right to be a little vain, as they are a superb group of beautiful flowers.  There are many groups of daffodils that categorize them by size, flower shape and flower count.

But to the average gardener, the most important things to remember about them is;
- They are deer proof (above ground) and gopher and mole/vole proof (underground)
- Different cultivars bloom at different times in spring.

The different bloom times help you to extend the show of flowers in spring by planting early spring blooming, mid-spring blooming and late spring blooming varieties. (Bloom times are mentioned on the web and in the catalog as part of each daffodil’s description).

Daffodils grow well in sun and part sun and are not fussy about their soil, as long as it has good drainage and modest fertility. They are an excellent choice for planting into the dappled shade under tall shade trees in amongst other shade loving perennials.

Allium Bulbs 'Mount Everest' and 'Purple Sensation'
Allium Bulbs 'Mount Everest' and 'Purple Sensation'
Other Deer Resistant Flower Bulbs

There are also other equally beautiful spring blooming bulbs that resist browsing by deer.
Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides)
Guinea Hen Flower  (Fritillaria meleagris)
Star flower  (Ipheon)
Snowdrops  (Galanthus)
Ornamental Onions (Allium)
- Grape Hyacinths (Muscari) are generally deer resistant, but not always.
Crocus (Crocus) are generally deer resistant, but not always

Spanish Blue Bells
Spanish Bluebells
Some of my favorite combinations are to mix:
- Spanish Bluebells with Daffodil ‘Primeur’ and ‘Petrel’  to create a colorful glade of spring flowers.
- Grape hyacinth with ‘Fortissimo’ and ‘Professor Einstein’
These Narcissus listed below are some of my favorites.

Early spring blooming
‘Tete-a-Tete’ ; a special heirloom miniature variety
‘Brackenhurst’ ; showy yellow and orange-red flowers

Mid-spring blooming
‘Quail’ ;  a vigorous naturalizer that makes colorful colonies of pure yellow
- ‘Jamestown’;  with lovely white and lemon-yellow flowers

Late spring blooming
- ‘Primeur’ ; huge bright yellow flowers
‘Petrel’ ; graceful pure white flowers on vigorous colonizing plants