planting concepts

October 1, 2008
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Categories: Daffodil Types, Growing Daffodils, Planting, Show Results, Standards

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Dear Daffnetters,

I would like to plant several different cultivars (all yellow, such as Arctic Gold, Standard Value and Pseudonarcissus lobularis and all white, such as Mount Hood) in larger quantities.  Since I am not sure whether it would look “better” “mixing” the different colored daffodils more loosely or more densely or keeping them slightly separated in loose or dense groups of yellow of the same cultivar adjacent to groups of white of the same cultivar, I would very much appreciate if anyone could send me photos showing the visual impact of different planting schemes.

Thanks,
Niels Benatar


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One response to “planting concepts”

  1. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee Becky Fox Matthews says:

    Niels, landscape designers recommend solid patches of plantings for the best impact and I agree that looks much better than mixed plantings. I would alternate the colors. Also, all the different varieties will probably not bloom at exactly the same time, so planting them mixed usually results in fresh and dying flowers or buds mixed together–again just lessens the impact. I found plenty of photos of mixed plantings using the Google Image Search to look for Mixed Daffodils. Here’s a link to one:
    http://www.customgardendesigns.com/great_resources_big/spring_flowering_bulbs/0677%20S%20Daffodils%20mixed%20for%20nat%20.jpg
    I’ll try to send a couple of photos of clustered plantings later on.
    Becky Fox Matthews that daffy girl near Nashville
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