February Plant of the Month | Narcissus Tête-á-tête
Narcissus 'Tête-á-tête' is a fantastic sunshine yellow dwarf daffodil variety that has the RHS Award of Garden Merit. It produces abundant flowers, as they are multi-headed. It is easy to grow and excellent for all bright situations, even those that are too exposed for other taller spring bulbs.
Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête' Factfile
Flowering / fruiting time: Beautiful yellow flowers from late February to April
Sun Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Any good, well-drained soil
Hardiness: Fully hardy in all of the UK, often down to -20°C.
Size: Grows to 20cm height x 15cm spread Toxicity warning: eating the plant may cause severe discomfort
Narcissus 'Tête-á-tête' bulbs can be planted directly into the ground in autumn, preferably by the end of September to avoid the risk of frost. If you have missed this slot, it can also be found as a potted bulb in early spring. With the bulbs already rooted in compost, simply plant them straight into either pots or borders and they will flower within weeks.
Dead-head as the first flowers fade to keep it tidy. After flowering, feed, dead-head and allow the leaves to die back naturally.
Keep well watered when first planted and throughout the flowering period.
Narcissus 'Tête-á-tête' is ideal planted in borders, containers on a sunny windowsill and in rockeries. If your planting style is more natural, plant together in large drifts for a naturalised look. For an area of the garden that heralds the spring, Narcissus are ideal planted together with other spring-flowering bulbs, like Crocus or Galanthus Nivalis (snowdrops) under deciduous trees with colourful stems and bark to provide contrasting colours of interest.
Daffodils (the official common name for any plant within the Narcissus genus) are the official flower associated with 10th wedding anniversaries."