Some Favorite Jonquils and Narcissus

‘Minnow’ and Greigii Tulips 

The first photo is of the petite and scented jonquil ‘Minnow,’ offset by the coral red Greigii species tulip. Both are low-growing, which makes them ideal for rock gardens, and both varieties reliably return annually. The second photo is an ever-increasing little patch of narcissus and I know not the cultivar’s name. It was a spring gift that had been purchased as a potted plant from the grocery market, then planted in the garden in early summer.

The third photo is perhaps my all time favorite and consider it the very best for several reasons. ‘Geranium’ is divinely scented—sweet with a hint of fresh lemon blossom; its color and shape meld beautifully with a wide range of spring flowering bulbs; and ‘Geranium’ not only reliably returns each spring, it also increases in number.

What more could one ask for from a bulb?

Narcissus tazetta ‘Geranium’

For more information about narcissus and jonquils, including a list of the most sweetly scented varieties, see my book Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden, page 178.

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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7 Responses to Some Favorite Jonquils and Narcissus

  1. Anonymous says:

    Kim, Stunning – I was in CT a few weeks ago and loved seeing the Jonquils, I remember a field of them on Nashua Ave growing up – never there is the spring any more to see if they are still there – thanks for the beautiful spring reminder.

  2. So pretty, great pictures

  3. Terry Weber says:

    Kim, as usual, you did a great job and I know more about flowers/gardening than I ever did! Thank you.

  4. Ann Kennedy says:

    Wow! Those are really pretty shots. Nothing beats the vivid colors of spring!

  5. Kim Smith says:

    Thank you Donna, Terry, Ann, and Anonymous for your comments. Narcissus have a special place in my heart too. My grandparents planted so many at their cabin in the mountains that the neighbors called their home “Daffodil Hill”–and it was spectacular, as you can imagine!

  6. Pv says:

    Love this time of year, your pics are inspiring—just ordered your book.

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