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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Tulips

There are tulips for every set­ting, from del­i­cate species and dwarf va­ri­eties to frilly par­rots and ma­jes­tic Dar­win, tri­umph and lily-flow­ered types, plain, striped, flamed, sin­gle and dou­ble.

They can be used in many ways - in a mixed bor­der, in a bed­ding scheme adding uni­for­mity in height and colour, or in rock­eries or con­tain­ers.

In mixed bor­ders, you can plant them along­side other plants that will cover the bare ground be­fore the tulips emerge and af­ter they die down. Vi­o­las, polyan­thus, dou­ble daisies and wall­flow­ers are among their most com­mon com­pan­ions.

For dra­matic ef­fect plant sin­gle va­ri­eties of the same colour in pots, avoid­ing the types with weak stems and heavy flow­ers with a ten­dency to flop.

Us­ing multi-pur­pose com­post, plant bulbs close to­gether with at least three to four times the depth of the bulb cov­er­ing them, but leav­ing enough space for the flow­ers to open.

Good con­tainer types in­clude T. ‘Queen of Night’, with silky pur­ple-black flow­ers and ‘World’s Favourite’, with glow­ing or­an­gered blooms, edged with gold.

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