Places to see daffodils

Visitors in the garden in spring at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

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.

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.

April

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.

Places to see daffodils near you
A bank of daffodils at Cotehele, Cornwall

Daffodils through history  

Daffodil 'Telamonius Plenus', also known as ‘Van Sion’, is a very old cultivar with a yellow double flower. It was first recorded growing in England in the early 17th century.

Daffodil ‘Stella’, as its name suggests, has a star-like flower. A delicate, pre-1869 daffodil, flowering in April.

Daffodil ‘Actaea’ one of the ‘pheasant’s eye’ daffodils and an heirloom variety, pre-1919. Flowers end of April/early May.

Daffodil ‘Thalia’ is pure white with multi-headed flowers and a fragrant scent, flowers March and April - an older variety popular with the Victorians.

" 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."
- David Bouch, Head Gardener at Cotehele

Tips for growing daffodils from our gardeners

Daffodils

William Wordsworth's dedication to daffodils

'all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils...
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.'

– William Wordsworth, 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud', 1807

A woman dressed as an 18th-century servant cooks in a kitchen

Wordsworth House and Garden 

2020 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wordsworth, who took a daffodil walk and became inspired to write about the joy they bring. At Wordsworth House and Garden, there'll be special events and exhibitions to celebrate his birthday. Volunteers and staff work hard to look after the childhood home of one of the nation's most celebrated poets. This includes keeping the heritage garden growing and putting on historical tours to explore Wordsworth's life.