Once upon a time, I didn't care for white daffodils. That's before I met 'Thalia'. I planted 100 last fall and wish I'd planted 500. Early Spring is a great time for planning, although it makes me gnash my teeth at gaps I still see. Thalia makes a great combination with 'Hillstar' and Woodland Phlox. I love the combination of yellow, white and blue, usually seen this time of year painted with a pallette of tulips and pansies. That would be not at practical here; I can just see the doe and last year's fawn that are frequenting our farm now: "Oh you planted these for us... how lovely, thank you."
In case Woodland Phlox expires during one of our (hellish) summers Spanish Bluebells would work too. Although it's hard to beat Woodland Phlox.
I think I have the plans for the big bed more smoothed out now. More Campernelles for early bloom (and they are deliciously fragrant), more 'Thalia' for later bloom along with more divisions of Woodland Phlox and some Spanish Bluebells. There are other daffodils and ephemerals I'm thinking of adding too but it doesn't take long before my cheapometer kicks in. Mercilessly whack back the rugosa suckers so that the iris and young Baptisia can get more light. Move Four o'clocks and Brazilian Blue Sage to the new gardens around the house so they can more easily be watered. They do not take kindly to drought. Plus, they likewise smother the baptisia and iris. Ultimately I just want ephemerals, woody plants and Baptisia in the big bed. The iris will probably have their own raised bed near the house, since as much as I love them in mixed plantings and will continue to try to use them that way, they do like their elbow room. Even the Bidens need to be elsewhere, around the gardens rather than in them, so that I can just mow down the stalks in March with the tractor.
I already have many young R. palustris scandens in the big bed and the bed next to the neighbor's pasture, and I can't wait until they size up like this one! I just started adding Southern Black Blueberries last year and this spring cuttings were taken from St. John's Wort, Winterberry, and Virginia Sweetspire too.