Cherry Ong is sharing more photos of spring bloom at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. Today she’s focusing on all the beautiful daffodils (Narcissus hybrids, Zones 3–9) that caught her eye. It is a great time to look them over and think about what varieties you might want to order for planting this fall.
Double-flowered daffodils turn the classic form of the flower on its head by adding extra layers of petals. Here, the petal-packed blooms are complemented by blue forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica, Zones 3–8) planted underneath and the emerging variegated foliage of a tulip.
These daffodils are are all elegant refinement, with the softest of color and small blooms. If big, brash, bright yellow daffodils aren’t your thing, there are many more understated options to choose from. Planting them in containers like this is a great way to display special varieties.
A few white daffodils bloom in a naturalistic planting against beautiful tree trunks.
This is a “split cup” daffodil; instead of the central petals forming the classic trumpet shape, they split open and lie flat, creating a whole different look to the bloom. The colors here are beautiful as well.
This is a great way to show off the bulbs when they are in flower. Looking close, you can see that the bulbs are growing in plastic pots that have been dropped into these decorative planters. This means they can be easily switched out after the flowers fade to be replaced with another planting for summer. You could easily do the same at home – just plant the plastic pots up in the fall, leave them in an unheated shed or garage over winter, move them into place when they flower, and then move them out of the way again once the flowers fade.
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