With a wide choice of spring bulbs available in garden centres and from bulb specialists, it’s difficult to know which to choose and is often tempting to stay with old favourites. But there is a flurry of new bulbs worth trying, according to a trial of daffodils and tulips by Which? Gardening, the Consumers’ Association magazine. Triallists found the new bulbs had a more regular height and consistent flowering time, giving an overall better display than the older ones. Last autumn, triallists tested 53 new types of springflowering daffodils and tulips, growing them alongside five established varieties to use as a comparison. Daffodil winners included the dwarf ‘Sweet Love’ (Peter Nyssen; Unwins), which produced the best scent, and ‘Swoop’ (De Jaeger), another pint-sized type which produced the most flowers of all the varieties.
Hannah Stephenson looks at a trial of new daffodils and tulips to find out whether new varieties are better than old favourites.