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Tulips

Tulips are among the most popular spring flowering bulbs. There is a tulips for almost any situation from small flowered species for sunny rock gardens to tall brightly coloured hybrids for borders or pots. They flower from late February to May.
 

Of all the spring flowering bulbs tulips are the most colourful and versatile . The tall border tulips have been in cultivation in Europe for 500 years and today there are many hundreds of  hybrids available and the sky, or your imagination is the only limit. With the exception of true blue every colour imaginable is represented. Many are also splashed or shaded with another colour, sometimes in a subtle way but in others there is a stark contrast. Tulips are classified according to their shape - lily flowered, double, etc. and time of flowering.
 
These tulips are also suitable for container displays. There are so many shades it is almost like decorating rather than gardening - there is one to match every colour scheme or container. Newly planted tulips will flower almost anywhere in their first year but they need a dry, warm summer dormancy to ripen the bulbs for the successive seasons. They also often split into small,non flowering bulbs.  Deep planting  (8") or lifting the bulbs after flowering is recommended.
 
The delicate wild or species tulips may have smaller flowers but they are still among the best for value as many of them are reliably perennial in the garden - often spreading to form large displays. The earliest flowering species - Tulip humils and Tulipa turkestanica -start in late February whist Tulipa sprengeri is the last tulip to flower in late May.
 
One of the most useful groups of tulips are the Kaufmaniana and Greigii hybrids whose  large flowered short stemmed flowers come in a spectacular range of bold colours. They are perfect for container cultivation.

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SPECIES TULIPS

Below are some of the most reliable and long lived species tulips for the garden. All need a well drained soil in full sun. Plant 6-8" deep for best results.

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 Bakeri Lilac Wonder Tulip Bakeri Lilac Wonder
Clear lilac flowers. In growth and requirements it is similar to saxatalis. Excellent

AGM
  Tulip maximowiczii Tulip linifolia
Vivid scarlet flowers on green stems with upright narrow grey-green leaves. 
Height: 8"
Flowers: Late Apr 
AGM
         
 Batalinii Apricot Jewel Tulip Batalinii Apricot Jewel
One of a series of reliable hybrid dwarf tulips that increase steadily. Fine apricot flowers above neat grey foliage.

Height: 5" 
Flowers: May 
  Little Beauty Tulip Little Beauty
A new dwarf early flowering variety. Very vigorous and long lasting. Intense pink with blue centre. Stunning in full sun.
4"
April
         
Batalinii Bright Gem Tulip batalinii  Bright Gem
Another lovely hybrid with sulphur-yellow flowers flushed orange.
Height: 5" 
Flowers: Apr-May
AGM
  Little Princess Tulip Little Princess
Similar to the above with 3 -4 terracotta flowers and yellow 'eye'.

4"
April

       
         
Tulipa clusiana Tulip clusiana (The Lady Tulip) 
At last we have found a source of this most beautiful of tulips. Slender white flowers with striking crimson pink marks on the outside and a central maroon eye. Long lived here on our rock garden.  
Height: 8"
Flowers: Apr                        
  Tulipa Neustreuva Tulip neustrueva
This bulb is relatively new in cultivation and is proving easy and vigorous. Tiny brilliant yellow flowers flushed brown on the outside. 
Height: 3" 
Flowers: Mar 
       
         
Clusiana Lady Jane Tulipa clusiana Lady Jane
Graceful pointed flowers on slender stems. White, flushed rose - red
outside with dark anthers. larger than the species..

Height: 10"
Flowers: April
  Praestans Fusilier Tulip praestans Fusilier
One of the best dwarf varieties with three to five orange-scarlet heads. Long lived bulbs needing no attention.
Height: 8"
Flowers: Apr                        
       
         
Fosteriana Concerto Tulip fosteriana Concerto
Large pure white flowers above grey foliage with striking black base. Recommended for pots or rock garden.  
Height: 9"
Flowers: Apr
  Tulip saxatilis Tulip saxatilis

This fine Tulip from Crete increases very well with us here in a raised bed. The large pale pink flowers with yellow centres, two to three to a stem, are a striking sight.  
Height: 12" 
Flowers: Mar-Apr 

       
         
Fosteriana Purissima White Emperor Tulip fosteriana Purissima (White Emperor)
The best white Tulip with large long-lasting pure white flowers which are cream when first open. Recommended. Borders, bedding or pots, Early

Height: 20" 
Flowers: Mar-Apr          
AGM
  Sylvestris British Native Tulip sylvestris
A rare native of Britain, this lovely Tulip has nodding buds which open to clear yellow. Best planted where left undisturbed. Will naturalise in grass and light woodland. Stoloniferous.  
Height: 16" 
Flowers: Apr                        
       
         
  Tulip Greigii Pinocchio
Slender red flowers with a white margin to the petals. excellent in pots. Well striped leaves

Height: 8"
Flowers: Apr     

  Tulipa tarda Tulip tarda
An excellent garden plant which gives great pleasure. Masses of creamy-white flowers with a yellow eye. Front of border or rock garden.  
Height: 6"
Flowers: Apr                  
       
         
Greigii Red Riding Hood Tulip greigii Red Riding Hood
A most striking variety which always attracts attention. Bright scarlet with black base and beautiful foliage mottled with purple.  
Height: 8"
Flowers: Apr            AGM
  Turkestanica Tulip turkestanica
An outstanding species. The spikes carry five to nine flowers of white with orange-yellow centres. Reliable still a weed in our irises after ten years!  
Height: 9"
Flowers: Feb-Mar
       
         
Humilis Pulchella Tulip humilis (pulchella)
Quite large lilac pink flowers with yellow centres on short stems. Reliably perennial and a must for the spring border.  
Height: 5"
 
Flowers: Early Mar   

 

  Humilis Violacea Black Centre Tulip humilis violacea Black Centre
Gorgeous flowers of bright purple-violet with black centres.  
Height: 4" 
Flowers: Feb-Mar
       
         
humilis liliput Tulip humilis liliput
A superb new hybrid with up to three intense pinkish-red, rounded flowers. A good garden plant.  
Height: 5" 
Flowers: Mar 
  humilis pulchella albocaerulea Tulip humilis pulchella albocaerulea
A most exquisite white form with a striking blue centre. Very desirable. Sells on sight at shows.  
Height: 5" 
Flowers: Mar 
       
         
Marjoletti Tulip marjoletti
Slender primrose flowers delicately edged with orange. Long-lasting in the garden and a popular Chelsea subject.

Height: 9"
Flowers: Apr
  Sprengeri

Tulip sprengeri  NEW
The last of the tulips to flower. Brilliant scarlet flowers. The tiny bulbs are very difficult to harvest, hence the price but they seed freely in a dry, sunny position.
Height: 8"
Flowers: late May
       
         
Acuminata Tulip acuminata
One of the oldest hybrids, looking just like an illustration on a Middle eastern tile. Slender red & yellow flowers. Needs a very dry, sunny position.
Height: 16"
Flowers: May
  Urumiensis Tulip urumiensis
A lovely multi-headed dwarf tulip for the front of the border or rock. Good in pots mixed with grape hyacinths.
Height: 6"
Flowers: Apr                  
       
         
Species Tulip Collection Collection 15
Species Tulip Collection
After 25 years these species tulips have proved themselves as reliable perennials in our garden.
6 varieties:

Bright Gem, humilis, linifolia, saxatilis, turkestanica & urumiensis
  clusiana sheila clusiana 'Sheila'
Slender creamy-yellow flowers with a deep pink exterior mark. Easy on a sunny rock garden & very popular at Chelsea Flower Show. Flowers open wide in the sun.

Height: 10"
Flowers: April

       
 
 


LILY FLOWERED TULIPS
Graceful tulips for pots or borders. 

         
Ballerina Tulip Ballerina
Graceful long stemmed tulip with pointed petals, ideal for containers or for general garden use.

Striking tangerine orange.  
Height 24" 
Flowers April/May 
  Red Shine Tulip Red Shine
Graceful long stemmed tulip with pointed petals, ideal for containers or for general garden use.

Clear red flowers.  
Height 24" 
Flowers April/May
     
         
China Pink Tulip China Pink    
An old favourite of clear pink.

Height 24" 
Flowers April/May

  Westpoint Tulip West Point
Graceful long stemmed tulip with pointed petals, ideal for containers or for general garden use.

Good strong yellow.  
Height 24" 
Flowers April/May 
       
         

Marietta
Tulip Marietta
Graceful long stemmed tulip with pointed petals, ideal for containers or for general garden use.

Clear salmon pink.  
Height 24" 
Flowers April/May 
   White Triumphator

Tulip White Triumphator
Graceful long stemmed tulip with pointed petals, ideal for containers or for general garden use.

Slender pure white flowers.  
Height 24"
Flowers April/May  

  

       
         

Tulip Alladin's Record
Dramatic red flowers edged with yellow.
 

Height 24" 
Flowers April/May 
  Ballade

Tulip Ballade
Graceful long stemmed tulip with pointed petals, ideal for containers or for general garden use.

Soft purplish-pink, edged in white.  
Height 24"
Flowers April/May  

  

       
 
 

KAUFMANIANA HYBRIDS
Early flowering tulips with large flowers on short stems. Ideal for pots.

 
Kaufmania Collection perfect for pots Collection 12
Kaufmanniana Tulip Collection

10 bulbs each of  five Kaufmanniana & Greigii varieties (50 bulbs in individually labelled bags). Perfect for pots.

 

  Ancilla Tulip Ancilla
The flowers are pure white inside with red and yellow centres and shaded with rose on the outside. They seem to sit on the foliage when they open wide like water lilies.  
Height: 6"
Flowers: Mar   
       
         
Heart's Delight Tulip Heart's Delight
An extra good variety. the flowers are ivory-white inside with a golden-yellow base blotched with red. Pale rose exterior.  
Height: 8"
Flowers: Mar 
  Shakespeare Tulip Shakespeare
A very free-flowering variety with most unusual colouring, being a mixture of salmon, apricot and orange.  

Height: 5" 
Flowers: Mar
       
         
Show Winner Tulip Show winner
Bright red with well marked leaves. Especially recommended for early flowering.  
Height: 6" 
Flowers: Feb-Mar
  Stresa Tulip Stresa
The flowers are a colourful mix of indian yellow and blood-red with nicely mottled leaves.  

Height: 7"
Flowers: Feb-Mar  
       
 


MISCELLANEOUS TULIPS FOR BORDERS, BEDDING & POTS

 
Black parrot Black Parrot (parrot)
Amazing crimped & curled petals of the deepest black-purple. Good in pots.
Height: 14"
Flowers: April


  carnival de nice Carnival de Nice (double)
Dramatic double  white flowers , slashed with rich burgundy, with maroon anthers. Looks just like a small peony.

Height: 14"
Flowers: May

       
         
Coleur Cardinale Coleur Cardinale (Single Early)
Neat dusky red flowers above rather bronzed leaves. Good pots or front of border.
Height: 12"
Flowers: April
  Gavota Gavota ( Triumph)
Deep, blood-red petals  outlined in cream. Resembles a lily-flowered tulip when open 

Height: 16"
Flowers: May
       
         
mount tacoma Mount Tacoma (Double)
A pure white double tulip. The flowers are like open roses. 2-3 per stem, excellent in pots.

Height: 14"
Flowers: May
   weisse berlin Weisse Berliner ( Triumph)
A compact variety with 3 or more pure white flowers per stem.

Height: 14"
Flowers: May

     
         
Queen of Night Queen of Night (Single Late)
Well rounded flowers of the deepest maroon. The nearest to black there is.

Height: 24"
Flowers: April-May

 
Princess Irene
Tulipa Princess Irene(Single Early)
Rich orange flowers suffused with mahogany red. Short, stiff stems so good for pots

Height: 14"
Flowers: April

       
 


VIRIDIFLORA TULIPS

 
 Viridiflora Groenland pale pink white flowers Viridiflora 'Groenland' (Greenland)
Pale pink white flowers with a broad green stripe on each petal.

Height:16"
Flowers: May
  Viridiflora Tulip Spring Green creamy white flowers Viridiflora 'Spring Green'
One of my favourites- palest creamy white flowers with a broad green stripe on each petal.
Height:16"
Flowers: May
       
 

Tulips are not only excellent in borders it are also a perfect choice for traditional bedding schemes, mixed  with winter flowering pansies. As the tulips are early flowering the pansies still look good, rather than past their best as is so often the case with this combination.

 

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