There are dozens of species, hybrids, varieties and forms of Narcissus. The most popular are
Jonquils--dark green, round rush like leaves--flower is small, fragrant, early and yellow.
Daffodils--large flowers and are the most popular Narcissus of today.
Paperwhites--early blooming variety, powerfully fragrant, white and clustered..(as pictured below)
Luckly I can grow all of these outside in my garden.
Bulbs should be planted August - November, the earlier the better, at a depth of three times the height of the bulb.
When flowers have faded remove them. The plant will divert energy from building up the bulb to seed production which will affect next years display.
Please resist the temptation to remove the yellowing foliage too early. The nurtrients in the foliage are very valuable to next years flowers, wait at least 6 weeks or longer. Personally, I don't remove them at all.
Divide clumps in late Summer and plant.
Our temperatures have not made it out of the 40's this week. The wind chill factor is in the teens for our mornings...so I have been watching my Paperwhites just knowing that the artic blast would take the blooms. As you can see they are doing just fine. Think I'll buy more next year!
Today I am Thankful for my Paperwhites, as they make me smile.