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Companion Plants for Daffodils
by Diane Linsley

There's nothing like a garden full of daffodils to cheer up the winter-weary gardener. With enough varieties, your garden can be bursting with blooms
from late March to early May.

Daffodils look best planted in groups of five to twenty or more. Planting in patches looks more natural than planting in rows. Be sure to add some companion plants to bring out the best in your daffodil display.

It's hard to find flowers that bloom at the same time as daffodils. Here are the best ones I've found so far. I also added a list of bulb covers, which are annual flower seeds that are sown in spring or fall. These fast-growing anuals help to hide the dying daffodil foliage.

Best Companion Plants for Daffodils

Alyssum montanum 'Mountain Gold' -- Early-blooming perennial that looks nice with small daffodils, especially in rock gardens.

Alyssum saxatile -- Spring-blooming perennial with bright yellow flowers. Great companion plant for late-blooming daffodils and tulips.

Aubrieta deltoidea -- Purple flowers on spreading mounds of evergreen leaves. Excellent companion plant for daffodils and tulips of all colors.

Brunnera macrophyla -- Small sky-blue flowers on a shade-tolerant perennial.

Chionodoxa -- Minor bulb with blue, pink or white flowers. Nice companion plant for daffodils.

Euphorbia polychroma -- Neatly rounded mound of chartreuse-yellow flowers. Best with late-blooming daffoidils and tulips.

Dwarf Flowering Almond -- Spring-blooming shrub with pink flowers.

Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) -- Minor bulb with blue or white flowers.

Helleborus orientalis -- Early spring-blooming perennial. Shade-tolerant.

Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant' -- Minor bulb with nodding, white flowers.

Myosotis sylvatica -- Forget-me-not. Sky-blue flowers on a self-sowing biennial. One of the best companion plants for daffodils and tulips.

Phlox subulata -- Pink, white or blue flowers on a mat-forming perennial.

Pulsatilla vulgaris -- Violet-purple flowers that bloom with the daffodils. The flowers are followed by attractive seed heads.

Siberian Squill -- Minor bulb with nodding, blue flowers in early spring.

Tulips -- Early tulips bloom at the same time as late daffodils.

Viola tricolor -- Purple, lavender and yellow flowers with a long bloom season. Self-sowing, short-lived perennial. Makes a nice groundover around bulbs.


Bulb Covers for Daffodils and Tulips

Alyssum 'Carpet of Snow' -- Self-sowing annual with masses of white flowers. Easy to grow from seed. Also see Alyssum 'Royal Carpet'.

Asperula orientalis -- Blue Woodruff. Self-sowing annual with fluffy, lavender-blue flowers in early summer. Shade tolerant.

Calendula 'Pink Surprise' -- Soft, apricot-yellow flowers with a tinge of pink. Easy to grow from seed. For more calendulas, see Annual Flower Seeds.

Clarkia amoena -- Self-sowing wildflower with pink, red and white flowers. Excellent bulb cover for daffodils and tulips. Easy to grow from seed.

Gilia tricolor -- Native wilflower. Delicate, lilac and white flowers with contrasting dark eyes. Chocolate fragrance.

Malcolmia maritima -- Virginia Stock. Lightly fragrant, pink, purple and white flowers. Quick to bloom from seed.

Nemophila maculata -- Five Spot. White flowers with purple-blue spots. Quick to bloom and easy to grow. Wonderful bulb cover for daffodils and tulips.

Nemophila 'Penny Black' -- Compact plants with 1" violet-black flowers. Unique color. Blooms quickly from an early spring sowing.

Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll Mix' -- Pink, blue or white flowers. Self-sowing annual. Easy to grow from seed. Also see Nigella 'Miss Jekyll Blue'.

Pansy 'Swiss Giants' -- Shade-tolerant annual that blooms in cool weather. Easy to grow from seed. For more pansies, see Annual Flower Seeds.

Phlox drummondii -- Native wildflower. Pink, red, rose, magenta and white flowers. Easy to grow from seed.


Related Articles

Self-Sowing Annuals -- Flowers that reseed and come back every year.

Companion Plants for Roses -- Flowers to enhance your rose garden.

Companion Plants for Ornamental Grasses -- Flowers to add some color.


Other Resources

American Daffodil Society -- Information on daffodil culture.

John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs -- Daffodils, tulips, lilies and minor bulbs.


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