When you hear 'daffodil', you picture a trumpet daffodil. One blossom per stem, this archetypal flower comes in many colors and combinations, though we always imagine them in their classic bright yellow.
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9 Daffodils to Cheer Up Your Garden
A large group of daffodil types, all with multiple layers of petals, are known as double daffodils. The Tahiti's bright orange and yellow is exceptionally stunning, but watch out—some double varieties grow too heavy for their own stem!
This group of daffodils has a split corona (also called 'trumpet' or 'cup') that opens the whole face of the blossom. It will bloom mid-season and be the star of both your garden and your bouquet—split corona daffodils survive well after being cut.
This beautiful heirloom variety daffodil, Actaea, has a short, yellow cup and is edged in red at the center of its pure white outer petals. Also called the Poet’s Daffodil, it was one of the ﬁrst daffodils to be cultivated.
Spiky Rip Van Winkle
The Spiky Rip Van Winkle heirloom double daffodil dates to 1884, though its literary figure namesake is much older than that. The narrow and spiky yellow petals look like a starburst and bloom well in a garden or a pot.
These daffodils look a little bit like an old fashioned megaphone, but also, as their name would suggest, a hoop petticoat. With large trumpets and small petals, this variety is not easy to ﬁnd, but for the adventurous gardener they are an entertaining diversion from the common daffodil.
If you just can’t wait until April for a bit of ﬂowery fragrance in your home, you can force the Paperwhite Narcissus in a pot or vase any time from Thanksgiving until spring. These sweetly scented ﬂowers with bluegreen leaves are sure to banish winter doldrums.