There are 12 different species of Narcissus, and each species has an enormous number of varieties in each species, so which ones are the nicest for your garden.
Well, we try to always promote flowers that are beneficial to insects (especially hungry bees) over the rather more complicated flower styles that generally aren’t a good nectar source. So our advice is this;
- Big doubled headed flowers can droop under their own weight, so you don’t see them as well.
- Double flowered varieties tend not to have much nectar and aren’t easily accessible for hungry insects.
- With the taller varieties, the foliage can look quite untidy once they’ve flowered and you shouldn’t remove any old leaves until they turn yellow. Smaller varieties have smaller leaves so a less visible problem.
- Always try and get scented varieties as there is very little else in early spring that flowers and has scent.
- Don’t plant bulbs in even spaces, chuck the bulbs in the air and plant where they drop for a more natural look.
- Plant lots!
We have used the smaller flowered narcissus in lots of our designs: