Flo­ral finds

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - Gardens -

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.

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