How to Extend Your Show of Spring Colour Using Daffodils and Tulips

There is no doubt about it, spring is a favourite time of year at Tom’s Hidden Garden. Every year, they try to add new daffodils and tulips to spring container displays, extending the season as much as possible.

Use the planting lists below to help you get started to pick a range of daffodils and tulips that could give you nearly 2 to 3 months of spring colour. 

Remember that you need to plant your bulbs this autumn to get that fantastic spring display in borders and containers next spring.

The following list gives approximate flowering times and there are other varieties in each group available.


Mid February (if it is a mild winter)

  • Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’
  • Bridal Crown 
  • Paperwhites

Mid to Late February

  • Lobularis February Gold
  • Tete a Tete
Tete a Tete

Early March

  • Quail
  • Minnow
  • Jetfire

Late March

  • Tamara (King Alfred type)
  • Minnow
  • Best Seller
  • Dutch Master
  • Ice Follies
Ice Follies

Early April to Mid April

  • Mount Hood
  • Carlton
  • Sempre Avanti
  • Red Devon
  • Canaliculatus
  • Rip van Winkle

Late April

  • White & Yellow Cheerfulness
  • White Lion
  • Thalia


  • Actaea
  • Hawera


Late February Flowering (weather permitting)

  • Tarda
  • Little Princess
  • Turkestanica
Turkestanica Tulips

Early March Flowering

  • Stresa
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Fashion
  • Abba
  • Heart’s Delight

Late March Flowering

  • Monsella
  • White Dream
  • Blue Diamond
  • Red Apeldoorn
  • Princess Irene
Princess Irene

Early April Flowering

  • Apricot Impression
  • Evita
  • Prince Charles
  • Upstar
  • Abu Hassan
  • Angelique

Late April Flowering

  • Pink Diamond
  • Any Lily-flowered tulips
  • Shirley
  • Queen of the Night
Queen of the Night

May Flowering

  • Spring Green
  • Groenland
  • Inferno
  • Any Parrot tulips
The stunning form of Parrot Tulips

Plant a range of bulbs, and weather permitting, you could have a show of daffodils and tulips from February until late April.

Tom’s Hidden Garden is located in Bonnybridge, Central Scotland – a small garden with over 630 different plants, 200 containers, and 30 hanging baskets. Tom Williamson has been developing the garden over the last 35 years, working with David Gallacher over the last 10 to create its unique look. Tom is a keen gardener, planting where he thinks a plant will be happy. David is a time-served gardener in commercial gardens and landscaping. Catch up with more secrets of their garden and their success with plants on their Facebook group.

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