Some tips for that all important spring colour.
By carefully choosing your daffodils you can have a long progressive sequence of these cheery characters.
Quite often you can see roadsides adorned with rows or masses of blooms, even odd clumps amongst shrubbery, but did you know they also look great planted into a wildflower type area. Simply scatter your bulbs on prepared ground and plant where they fall to give a very pleasant natural effect. Once planted you can let lawn grass grow. After the daffodils are finished and died down you can keep the area mowed until shoots reappear in the autumn. You will get very many years of joy from your area of wild garden.
Do try daffodils in tubs, especially the small types. These look especially great in troughs, large bowls, etc.
One way of achieving a very full pot of glorious colour is to use a deep 25cm or 30cm pot or tub and layer your bulbs. Simply one third fill the pot with soil mix and place bulbs in a clock pattern i.e. one bulb each at 12 o’clock, the next at 2 then 4 and so on around the pot and also some placed in the middle keeping in mind a pattern is needed, perhaps a diamond of 3. Add more potting mix to half full.
The next layer of bulbs will start at 1 o’clock, then 3, then 5 until 11 o’clock. This time, in the middle, place a square pattern of 4 bulbs. Then fill the pot with soil mix to about 2cm below the top. By this method you have planted 19 bulbs and you will see them all come through the mix together and oh what a sight when they are all in bloom and you can place this pot full of colour wherever you like.