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Spring training
Pick these six for a beautiful garden bursting with daffodils

By MELODY KONEY

April 2008

Ambergate


With plenty of varieties of daffodils to choose from, even veteran gardeners have a hard time picking which ones to put in their yard. Next spring, take your garden to the next level with the advice of UW master gardener Ann Weid and Tom Kulich of Prairie Gardens in Cedarburg. All six varieties will grow in Wisconsin.

Kulich shared a few pointers about growing daffodils.

•Daffodils grow best in full sun, but light shade is permissable. Deep shade keeps them from blooming after the first year or two.

•Daffodils will grow in most well-drained soils, but need plenty of moisture from planting to end of growing season.

•Don’t cut the leaves! The leaves are essential for the following year’s growth. If you need a few leaves for a vase, never cut them all from the same plant. You can remove the leaves after the foliage is yellowed or dried.

•Plant bulbs from September until the ground freezes, about 6 inches down into the soil, but plant small bulbs about three times their height.

AMBERGATE

This tall early-blooming daffodil has thick strong stems and is great for cut flowers. It is a 15-inch, large-cupped daffodil with amber to orange petals and a red cup.

PIPIT

This daffodil is an interesting multi-flowered bloom. Flowers are yellow and white and each stem has two to three blooms.

This variety is native to Wisconsin and is great for naturalizing and bouquets. Naturalizing means to plant in a random or informal pattern. It blooms in mid spring.

SALOME

Large, showy fragrant blooms with strong stems that are easy to grow in sun or partial shade. These flowers have creamy white petals with large cups that turn an apricot pink when mature. This mid-spring blooming flower is a great daffodil to use for naturalizing since it is not bothered by deer, rodents or harsh weather.

SUZY

This is a daffodil with some of the best visual effects, blooming multi-flowered bright yellow petals with orange cups, one to five flowers per stem. This flower blooms in early spring and lasts two to four weeks. Although this variety is good for naturalizing, it is only reliable in Zone 5. Some areas of Waukesha County border Zone 4.

TAHITI

The Tahiti is a yellow flower with orange-red center that provides exceptional double blooms. Tahiti daffodils are strong, disease resistant flowers that bloom in early to mid spring.

TULLEYBEG

This is a small-cupped, fragrant daffodil. The 3-inch bloom is a snowy white flower with a yellow eye edged in red. This 16- to 18-inch flower blooms in early spring.

 


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