Our Favorite Daffodils from the Test Garden
Many spring plants fall victim to hungry deer. If you have problems with deer eating your spring bulbs, try some of our favorite daffodils. All daffodils are deer-resistant, and their cheery pops of yellow are perhaps the best sign of spring.
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Daffodils are Deer-Resistant
Narcissus (daffodils) come in many colors, shapes, and sizes and add a bright spot to your spring garden. They return year after year, making them a good investment, and the deer won't bother them.
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Our earliest and smallest daffodil is ‘Little Gem’. At only 4-5” tall, it mixes well with early bloomers like the blue-and-white Chionodoxa forbesii seen here.
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Early-blooming Narcissus ‘Itzim’ resembles a shooting star. It’s reflexed petals pull back to highlight the yellow-orange cup.
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This flower may look delicate with its tiny cups and slender petals, but Narcissus ‘Campernelle’ have been around since the 1600s. This heirloom is a good choice for southern gardens since it doesn’t mind the heat.
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'Butter & Eggs'
An early-blooming heirloom, Narcissus ‘Butter & Eggs’ dates back to the late 1700s and also performs well in southern climates. Pale yellow petals mix with shorter gold petals in the center of this double flower to create a conversation piece in any garden.
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'Queen of the North'
A royal beauty in our Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden®, Narcissus 'Queen of the North' returns year after year to grace the front of our tool shed. The glistening white petals and tiny lemon cup of this heirloom create an elegant combination with periwinkle and grape hyacinths.
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Not all daffodils are yellow and white. Narcissus ‘Fragrant Rose’ has ivory white petals and a deep reddish pink cup, plus a soft fragrance. At 16-18" tall, it’s a designer’s delight!
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Classified as a large-cup daffodil, ‘Precocious’ shows off its frilly, coral pink center against bright white petals. This pest-free perennial is a colorful spring accent.
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Daffodils can easily be planted among perennials to hide their post-bloom foliage. We planted 'Mon Cheri' in our daylily border where it returns reliably year after year with its darling peachy-pink ruffled cups and white petals.
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The early burgundy foliage of Penstemon ‘Husker Red’ is the perfect setting for this daffodil combination of ‘Flower Surprise’ and ‘Candy Princess’. Layers of apricot to coral pink petals create fluffy cups on these 16” tall double daffodils, making them the perfect pair for this midseason combination.
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Narcissus 'Actaea' has a delicate, wildflower appearance with its overlapping white petals and tiny red-rim yellow cup. It is a great companion plant in sunny borders, naturalized areas and rock gardens.
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In our trials only a few years, Narcissus ‘Golden Echo’ has become a favorite. These strong bloomers have crisp white petals and a slightly elongated golden cup with a yellow halo at the base. Hybridized by Brent and Becky Heath in Virginia, these 12-15” tall beauties are a must-have.
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Swirling like the churning tide, Narcissus ‘Wave’ adds an elegant splash of spring color to the garden. Traditional trumpet-shape cups have been replaced on these 12-16” white flowers with swirls of short lemon yellow and white petals. Stunning in bouquets.
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Maybe our best perennializer, Narcissus 'Thalia' is a strong blooming heirloom that never disappoints. The simple, elegant white flowers dance in a spring breeze and can be paired with other spring bulbs, perennials or groundcovers. Here, we have it mixed with Leucojum 'Gravetye Giant'.