Decorative and fragrant
Deliciously fragrant and features double flowers with pure white petals and ivory centres revealing a hint of yellow. This variety can bear clusters of 6-8 spectacular blooms per stem. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Height 30-40cm; spread 1-10cm.
- Highly fragrant
- Beautiful gardenia-type flower heads
- Clusters of 6-8 blooms per stem
- Can be grown indoors
These are varieties for every conceivable use, including beds, borders, containers, rockeries and naturalised in grass but they also make a great bouquet for any room in your home.
Gardenia Narcissus is so named due to its resemblance to gardenias and we’ve picked this variety due to its delightful fragrance and big velvety-soft double blooms, which are packed with rows of petals and frills. Flowering from March-April, Gardenia Narcissus make beautiful cut flowers – they can also be forced indoors for winter blooms – but, as with all double narcissi, don’t cut them before they are fully open.
Hardiness:0 to -5 degrees
Aftercare - Easy:False
Aftercare - Moderate:False
Aftercare - High:False
Likes Acidic Soil:False
Beds & Borders:True
Prefers Full Sun:True
Grows in Sun or Shade:True
Plant your bulbs at least twice as deep as their height. So, a bulb that is 5cm tall will do best planted at a depth of 10cm. This will prevent them from getting slugged and will encourage flowering year after year.
Plant bulbs in ordinary plastic pots that will, in turn, fit inside your more attractive containers. Then, when they've finished flowering they can be removed, leaving the container ready for summer planting. When planting in fairly deep containers, try layering your bulbs. Start by placing the largest bulbs at the bottom, add a layer of compost and then the next sized bulbs. Repeat until you have the placed the smallest bulbs at the top, covered with a layer of compost. Bulbs don't like having damp bottoms (does anyone?) so make sure containers have plenty of drainage holes.
When planting direct, choose a well-drained spot where the soil is rich with hummus. Go for a natural look as opposed to planting in rows - the best way of achieving this is to gently roll a handful of bulbs over the soil and plant them where they land.
If planting in a lawn remember that bulb foliage needs to be left to die down naturally. This will delay your lawn mowing activity so choose a spot where a clump of longer grass mixed with dying bulb foliage won't look too bad. Alternatively, go ahead and mow, replacing the bulbs in the autumn. Allowing bulbs to self-seed beneath trees and amongst shrubs means they will naturalise into drifts of stunning colour. To avoid digging the bulbs up by accident or worse, spearing them with a fork, mark where they are planted.
Make planting easy by using a bulb planting tool. Both long and short-handled versions are available. The added bonus is that the correct planting depths are clearly marked.