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Brighten Up Your Garden From January Through May with Colorful Flower Bulbs

Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus: these are the spring bloomers everyone knows. But there are hundreds of other, lesser-known beauties to plant in fall. Some are small and delicate, others tall and ungainly. All are fabulous. Wait till you see them!

Tulips for Naturalizing, Tulips that come back, Best Tulips, Naturalizing Bulbs, perennial Bulbs, Perennial Tulips

Pretty Tulips that Come Back Every Year

Many tulips are not strongly perennial and their floral display tends to decline from season to season. They bloom well the first year, but then peter out after a couple of years. But if you select the right tulip varieties, plant them in the right spot and provide the proper care, you can be rewarded with a magnificent spring display year after year.

Spring Combination Ideas, Bulb Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Spring Borders, tulips combinations, tulips with perennials, tulips with annuals, plant combinations with tulips

Combining Tulips with Annuals and Perennials

Although tulips look fabulous when planted in large drifts, they look even better when combined with other flowering bulbs, annuals or perennials. Here are some lovely combination ideas that are easy to replicate in your own garden.

Naturalizing bulbs, Bulbs that come back, Perennial Bulbs, Bulbs for Rock Gardens, Perennial Crocus, Perennial Narcissus, Perennial Tulips, Perennial Galanthus, Perennial Anemones, Snowdrops, Bulbs in Rock Gardens

Best Flowering Bulbs For Your Rock Garden

Rock gardens offer the perfect home for an extensive array of plants including evergreens, deciduous shrubs, perennials, annuals, and flowering bulbs. A surprisingly large number of perennial bulbs do well in rock gardens, such as snowdrops (Galanthus), crocuses (Crocus), wild tulips (Tulipa), miniature daffodils (Narcissus) and plenty others charming bulbs. The following list of perennial bulbs thrive in rock garden conditions and you will be delighted to see them every spring or fall.

Botanical Tulips

These are real early birds: they bloom before any other tulips. They catch the eye not only because of their extra early flowering but also because of their inflorescence and cheery range of colors. In addition, the graceful way the flowers open and their pretty foliage make them attractive before, during and after flowering.

Double Early Tulips

With their double row of petals, the Double Early Tulips look almost like peonies. Their bowl-shaped blooms reach 3 in. (8 cm) across and come in a wide range of colors

Single Early Tulips

Single Early Tulips are fabulous as bedding plants and for forcing in late winter. They are some of the earliest flowering tulips, blooming after Fosteriana or Kaufmanniana tulips in the early-mid spring garden

Parrot Tulips

The flowers are green as buds, and as they grow it may seem as if the tulips will remain entirely green forever. But as the flower matures and opens, resembling a parrot's plumage, the brilliant colors are revealed. This is when their black, star-shaped center and their bright yellow stamens become apparent.

Double Late Tulips

Showy, double, bowled shaped flowers that resemble roses or peonies. These tulips introduce charm and romance in the garden with their multi-petalled flowers!

Kaufmanniana Tulips

Their flowers open into colorful stars and their grayish leaves are often mottled

Fosteriana Tulips

Tulipa fosteriana is a wild species found in the mountainous areas of Central Asia. Although no longer being cultivated, numerous beautiful cultivars developed from it are still marketed. They differ from one another in height, but all have solitary, bowl-shaped flowers, 5 in. wide (12 cm), with a slender shape and large, sometimes striped, leaves. These tulips generally naturalize easily and come back year after year in the garden. They are well-suited to mixed borders and create impressive bedding displays. Bloom in early-mid spring.

Fringed Tulips

Quite elegant looking, easy to grow and weather resistant. More and more people are becoming interested in Fringed Tulips which enjoy all finely incised petals

Lily-Flowered Tulips

Incredibly elegant, graceful and beautiful! What makes Lily-Flowered Tulips different from other tulip varieties are their slender flowers with often pointed, recurving petals.

Single Late Tulips

Single Late Tulips include cup- or goblet-shaped flowers and are among the tallest tulips with the Darwin Tulips. Blooming in late spring, after all other types of tulips have finished, they enjoy sturdy, long stems that withstand wind and rain.

Viridiflora Tulips

Long lasting lily-shaped flowers with green tepals. Fascinating!

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