Narzissen, gefülltblühend (Narcissus) "Petit four"

12 favourite narcissus

Thierry Dronet, owner and gardener at Berchigranges garden in the Vosges mountains of northeast France, is infatuated with narcissus. Find out what his 12 recommended varieties are that will bring your garden to life in spring.

“When I first saw how the wild daffodils,” says Thierry Dronet of Le Jardin de Berchigranges, “particularly the species daffodil Narcissus jonquilla, transformed the meadows here in the mountains into a sea of yellow petals, I knew I wanted to have lots and lots of them in our garden,” he says.


Over the years Thierry has added many other species and cultivars to the local wild types. In total there are around 80,000 narcissus bulbs of 600 different cultivars and some species, joined every autumn by hundreds of new bulbs of CamassiaHyacinthoidesAlliumScillaand Erythronium. “But I still love the species daffodils the best,” says Thierry.

He he selects some of his favourites, including the double white cultivar ‘Berchigranges’ that originated here in the garden.


Narcissus ‘Edinburgh’

Narzissen (Narcissus) "Edingburgh" has a delicate open flower head with a pink split trumpet

Bred in the Netherlands in 2007, this cultivar with a pink, split trumpet has a strong scent.



Dichternarzisse (Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus) "Poeticus" has white rounded petals with a yellow middle with red edging

Thierry particularly loves the delicate scent of this wild species, which has a discreet, red-rimmed trumpet.
45cm. AGM*. USDA 5b-10b†.



Narzisse, gefüllblühend (Narcissus) "Izim Fiore Pleno" is a A dainty cyclamineus cultivar with back-folded perianth segments or petals in bright yellow

A double variant of the well-known ‘Itzim’ cultivar. A dainty cyclamineus cultivar with back-folded perianth segments or petals.



Narzisse, gefüllblühend (Narcissus) "Rip van Winckle" has linear leaves and leafless stems bearing thin, pointed double yellow petals

A tiny double, ideal for pots and balconies.
15cm. USDA 5a-9b.



Narzissen (Narcissus) "Centanne" has petals varying from ivory white to a creamy yellow and an orange glowing trumpet

An impressive cultivar, with a split corona. Petals vary from ivory white to a creamy yellow, and an orange trumpet that seems to glow.
45cm. USDA 4a-9b.



Narzisse, Alpenveilchennarzisse (Narcissus) "Jenny" has linear leaves with a creamy-white trumpet flower head

This dainty cyclamineus cultivar, with a sulphur-yellow trumpet that fades over time, is good for naturalising.
45cm. AGM. USDA 4a-9b.



Narzissen, gefülltblühend (Narcissus) "Petit four" has elegant double with a creamy-white wreath of petals around an apricot-coloured trumpet.

Elegant double with a creamy-white wreath of petals around an apricot-coloured trumpet.
35cm. USDA 4a-11.



Narzissen (Narcissus) "New Baby" have miniature flower heads with white petals edged with yellow surround a deep yellow cup

Several sweet-smelling flowers appear on a single stem on this jonquilla daffodil.
20cm. USDA 3a-9b.



Narzissen (Narcissus) "Stint" has a linear tall stem with up to three nodding flowers

Nodding, lime-yellow flowers with a pleasant scent. Prefers a slightly acid soil and a dry summer. Triandrus.
45cm. AGM. USDA 5a-11.



Narzissen (Narcissus) "Delibes" has large yellow cupped petals with an orange trumpet

The large, cupped petals are usually yellow, but when they start to fade, they make the orange trumpet stand out all the more.
40cm. USDA 4a-9b.


Narcissus ‘Berchigranges’

Narzissen (Narcissus) "Bergigrange" has a creamy-white double head with slightly crinkled petals bowing over

Thierry discovered this double, creamy-white daffodil in his own garden. In 2007, he released it as a cultivar – the only French narcissus registered by the RHS.


Narcissus ‘Golden Echo’

Narzissen (Narcissus jonquille) "Golden Echo" has long yellow trumpets with a creamy-white petal

A jonquilla cultivar bred around ten years ago by Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, in Virginia, USA. Very delicate with a conspicuous trumpet.
30cm. USDA 3a-9b.

Le Jardin de Berchigranges


Images Sabrina Rothe