Daffodils II / Narcissus

narcmthood (300x300)Narcissus ‘Mount Hood’ (Division 1 / Trumpet Narcissus) – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner was introduced way back in 1937. It features your typical trumpet-shaped blooms with a cup that emerges cream but soon turns pure white like the surrounding petals. It blooms in mid spring, naturalizes well and has bluish-green foliage. Grows 15 to 18″ high. Zone 3.

narckingalfred (298x300)Narcissus ‘King Alfred’ (Division 1 / Trumpet Narcissus) – While this bright yellow trumpet daffodil has come to symbolize spring to many, ‘King Alfred’ proper (introduced 1899) is rarely available today (except from specialty growers) and is usually ‘Dutch Master’ sold as ‘King Alfred Improved’ or ‘King Alfred Type’. These bloom March to April. Grows 16 to 22″ high. Zone 3.

narc9 (300x297)Narcissus ‘Pink Charm’ (Division 2 / Large-Cupped Narcissus) – This little beauty was introduced by Van Eeden Brothers back in 1977. It features pure white petals with a ruffled creamy-yellow cup that is rimmed in coral-pink. These are good for naturalizing but require adequate soil drainage and about 5-6 hours of sun. Narrow green foliage. Grows 16 to 18″ high. Hardy to zone 3.

narc7 (300x286)Narcissus ‘Golden Ducat’ – (Division 4 / Double Narcissus) – This daffodil is good for naturalizing and works well in combination with the bicolor flowers (blue/purple) of Muscari latifolium. It produces long-blooming (up to 4 weeks) double flowers of bright golden-yellow. The best flower display will occur after about 2-3 years in ground. Grows 14 to 16″ high. Hardy to zone 3.

narcdelnashaugh (300x288)Narcissus ‘Delnashaugh’ (Division 4 / Double Narcissus) – While many consider daffodils to be a bit too common, the elegant blooms of ‘Delnashaugh’ are bound to please even the most discreet in taste. They bear (in April) large double flowers of white petals with recessed salmon to apricot-pink inner segments. Makes a good cut flower. Grows 16-18″ high. Zone 3.

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