Places to see daffodils
The delightful daffodil is a classic spring flower, found blooming from February through to May. As our daffodil gardens awaken from their winter slumber, discover where you can enjoy some of the best blooms and treat your senses to the magic of spring.
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William Wordsworth was inspired by them, memories of spring are sparked by them and gardens are made just that little bit sunnier by them. Daffodils come in all shades of yellow, ranging from golden hues all the way to white. Taking time to connect with nature in a daffodil meadow or garden is a great way to embrace the new season.
When are daffodils in season?
Daffodils are in season from February through to May — but different varieties spring up at different times during this period. Check out our daffodil calendar for more information.
The daffodil calendar
January – February
Daffodil ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ is the earliest trumpet daffodil. If planted in a sheltered position, it might even flower for Christmas, certainly in January into early February.
February – March
Daffodil 'February Gold’ (pictured). As its name implies, these bright yellow flowers appear from late February and early March.
Daffodil ‘Tête-à-Tête’ is a popular dwarf daffodil, first grown in the 1940s. The small yellow flowers appear in March.
March – April
Daffodil ‘Minnow’, has delicate clusters of flowers. This is a dwarf variety ideal for pots and is beautifully scented.
Daffodil ‘Dutch Master’, is a classic trumpet daffodil with intense yellow flowers, perfect for borders and under trees.
April – May
Daffodil 'Pheasant’s Eye’ with their delicate white petals are among the most scented and late flowering daffodils. Perfect for naturalising in grass.
" Daffodils are great for ensuring a good, lengthy spell of colour which in some gardens can start as early as mid-Feb, and continue through to the end of April, depending on the variety."
Tips for growing daffodils from our gardeners
Pest proof blooms
Protect the bulbs from eelworms by making a hole in the ground roughly twice the depth of the bulb. Eelworms can stop the bulbs producing a flower.
Best in show
To get a natural display, scatter the bulbs over the area that you want to plant to create even drifts, and then plant them using a wooden or metal spike.
In grassy areas, do a final mow around the end of October. The daffodil shoots will be easier to spot in November so you can avoid accidentally crushing them.
Natural bulb feeder
When they have finished flowering, let the bulbs die down naturally for four to six weeks, so foliage from leaves can re-energise the bulb for the following spring.
Take photos or make notes of where you have daffodils. You’ll know where to re-plant next autumn and the colours you already have to include other varieties.