Last week I wrote about my top tulip picks. This week, I give you my top Narcissi selections. I confess, in my bulb catalogs, usually the tulips come before the narcissi. Sometimes I find myself so worn out by all the decisions I have made in selecting the tulips that I give the narcissi short shrift. It is really unfair since narcissi work so much better for creating a predictable display. They are better perennializers, rarely asking for more than an occasional dividing; with attention to selecting varieties, it is possible to have six weeks of bloom; their foliage is very tolerable as it ripens, blending into the landscape; and, most importantly, deer, chipmunks, squirrels, and voles do not eat them.
A simple glance at any bulb catalog or website provides a plethora of choices. Years ago, to help sort it all out, I bought the fantastic Daffodils for North American Gardens by Brent and Becky Heath. This book helped me venture beyond Trumpets and paperwhites. Here are a few of my favorites.
Large Cupped Audubon
Large Cupped Raspberry Ring
Jonquilla Beautiful Eyes
Large Cupped Suada
This list, as with my Tulip list, is a combination of the narcissi that strike my fancy today and, sadly, what I have pictures of. I am sure next spring I will have a new “Oh, that is my favorite” on a daily basis. As with tulips, my favorite go to sources are here and here. I also pick up a few here and here– they tend to carry the more unusual varieties.