Plant Family Guides: Tulipa - 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.

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!

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.

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!

Triumph Tulips

Single and cup-shaped blooms in an endless assortment of colors atop sturdy stems

Darwin Hybrid Tulips

The Darwin Hybrid group includes a series of tulips that excel due to their flower size and sturdy, long stems that withstand wind and rain. Among the best for naturalizing, they provide blooms up to 5 years!

Greigii Tulips

Low growing tulips with single bowl-shaped flowers in early to mid spring atop beautifully mottled leaves. Combined with their stunning spotted and striped leaves, these flower colors create an unforgettable visual impact.

Tulip Types

Stars of the spring garden, tulips are amongst the most popular bulbs, valued for their vibrant colors and shapes

Tulips

No matter what their color, tulips will brighten up your garden and provide weeks of cheerful color. If you love Tulips and want to have a great spring garden that blooms from early season through late season, select Tulip bulbs that bloom across all three spring seasons. Exactly when the flowers bloom will depend on nature and the spring conditions in your area that year, but you should have a terrific garden that satisfies for months on end.

Why Spring is Really Three Seasons

Consider this: spring is really three seasons - early, mid and late. You'll want to think about this when choosing what to plant each fall. Why?

Learn How To Plant And Care for Your Spring Flower Bulbs

 To achieve optimum flowering results, it is important to plant the bulbs at the right time.

12 Top Performing Spring Bulbs that Come Back Year After Year!

A sampling of top-performing bulbs that can be counted upon to perennialize -- and, if happy where you plant them, will most likely naturalize, too, to come back to bloom for years.