Tip: Large areas can be planted inexpensively with vigorous old strains, such as N. ‘Dutch Master’ and N. ‘King Alfred’. Once they're established, stop deadheading and let them self-seed.
- Prepare planting holes with plenty of bone meal and well-rotted manure or compost.
- Where winters are severe, plant bulbs (in autumn) with at least 15 centimetres of soil covering them; then add a dry mulch of fallen leaves and evergreen needles or boughs.
- Apply a low nitrogen, high phosphorus fertilizer (suchas 10-52-10) immediately after flowering if old clumps begin to lose vigour.
- Never braid, tie up or cut off maturing foliage; it must ripen and dry naturally to ensure energy for next year’s blooms.
Complement the gold and white hues of daffodils with similarly coloured spring flowering bulbs and perennials, such as:
- ‘White City’ Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘White City’)
- Common primrose (Primula vulgaris)
- ‘Fröhnleiten’ barrenwort (Epimedium x perralchicum ‘Fröhnleiten’)