by High Country Gardens
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.
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
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
- ‘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