Best of the bunch
For me, the narcissus evokes the bright, cheery optimism of spring, in shades ranging from zingy yellow to cream with deep orange cups, in a variety of shapes and sizes from hooppetticoats to trumpets, double-flowered and fragrant.
Even just a small tub of narcissi near your patio door can brighten your mood in spring.
Most large types naturalise well in grass and look more effective when planted en masse as single varieties. Smaller ones are ideal for pots, as varieties with heavy double blooms often flop and break when grown in containers.
In pots, go for types such as ‘Bell Song’, which has 20cm stems carrying two or three delicate blooms with ivory-white petals and short, soft salmon trumpets, or the sweetly scented ‘Minnow’, a multiheaded type with lemon-yellow flowers, which goes well planted with forgetme-nots.
Daffodils should be planted in autumn in soil with good drainage at three times the depth of the bulb.
If you have heavy soil, add horticultural grit to the planting hole. They will last longer in light shade, but they will also thrive in full sun.