A classic daffodil, like a classic car, has some history behind it. However, calling a daffodil a classic has as much to do with how it performs in the garden as it does with the year it was introduced. That's why my husband, Brent, and I refer to those that perform consistently and beautifully year after year as classics.
Brent and I also consider daffodils (Narcissus spp. and cvs.) the perfect perennials. They emerge in spring when gardeners are eager to see a cheerful floral face. Deer and rodents rarely bother them. Most are hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9, and they prefer full sun. Daffodils tolerate different types of soil as long as it drains well and isn't too alkaline. In other words, they're easy to grow.
But since there are countless daffodils, with different flower shapes, varied bloom times, and flower colors in shades of yellow, white, orange, salmon, peach, and coral, how can you narrow down your choices? Why not consider one or two of what we call classics, those that have proven themselves and have become staples in our springtime garden.