For me, deliciously scented flowers are a delightfully uplifting feature of the garden. A beautiful moment spent enjoying garden flowers and their fragrances is utter bliss! Time spent with delectably fragrant flowers eases life’s worries and stresses, brings joy to our day and makes everything feel better. I have a particular fondness for scented daffodils or Narcissus. Narcissus is the botanical name for this genus, while daffodil is the common name we use, but both names refer to the same group of plants.
Earlier this year, I ran two Scented Daffodil Trials. My aim was to discover top performing, floriferous daffodil cultivars that were beautifully fragrant and performed well when grown in containers, or in garden beds and borders. All of the daffodils that I chose for my trials were selected as they were described as being fragrant. Sadly, once the daffodils flowered, I was unable to detect any perfume at all from a number of the trialled daffodil cultivars, while some cultivars produced only a very light scent. Thankfully, a number of my trialled daffodil cultivars produced absolutely fabulous fragrances that were powerful and delicious! Just thinking about these deliciously scented daffodils makes me smile, I am so looking forward to seeing these daffodils and their flowers again in the springtime!
My favourite fragrant daffodils that featured in my 2018 Daffodil Trials were: Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’, Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus, and Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’. Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ is a surprising daffodil, this cultivar has a very powerful fragrance, when you encounter this flower it is just like smelling a rose!
While Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus produces a musky scent, which is akin to the fragrance of stocks or Matthiola flowers.
Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ was a top performing plant in my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, this really is a super daffodil that produces a sweet, fruity scent, which is rather like the scent produced by Hyacinths.
As well as studying the daffodils’ fragrances, I was also looking to find top performing daffodils, plants that produced a large number of flowering stems and flowers, that flowered for a long period. Of the daffodils in my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ produced the most flowers: 50 bulbs of this cultivar produced 640 flowers!
Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ produced the most flowering stems: 50 bulbs of this cultivar produced 168 flowering stems.
Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ held the record for the longest flowering period, the flowers produced by these bulbs bloomed for 40 days.
This is the perfect time to plant daffodils in your gardens, window boxes, and containers. I hope that the results of my trials will help you to discover a new favourite daffodil that will bring joy to you in your spring garden.
This article was first published in the September 2018 edition of Vantage Point Magazine.
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