Nothing lifts your spirits more than the perky confidence of daffodils (narcissus) basking in the spring sunshine. However, larger types can look out of place in small gardens or naturalised in short turf, but there are many smaller varieties that will look divine.
Plant ‘mini daffs’ among other early perennials like pulmonaria, dicentra, hellebores and bergenia, or other bulbs such as scilla and muscari, for a fabulous springtime display. Their daintier proportions make them ideal for massing in windowboxes and patio pots or naturalising in short lawns or grassland to dramatic effect.
To grow, simply position them in any moist, well-drained soil in sun or semi shade, planting them at twice the depth of the bulb and 10-12.5cm (4-5in) apart. Small daffodils have a lot more impact if planted in bold drifts, particularly if naturalised in a lawn, where it’s best to plant irregularly to mimic the way they would look in nature.
Wherever they are used, let the foliage die down naturally to feed the bulbs for next year’s display. If you’re using them in lawns, don’t cut the crass otherwise continually mowing off their foliage will cause them to fade away.