Prepare for spring!
14 great tulip varieties to try this month...
THERE is no ‘wrong’ way of planting tulips – however and wherever you decide to grow them, they will shine out and look stunning. But first things first: which plants will you choose?
Tulips are divided into
15 sub-sections, largely based on the shape and characteristics of their blooms. Some are like goblets and cups, others have fringed petals, and the ‘parrot’ tulips have irregular petals that resemble the feathers of exotic parakeets.
Most flowers are single, but blowsy doubles are available. There are also species tulips, which are often smaller than bedding tulips and last much longer. It is also worth considering the timings of the flowers, as if planned well you can create a succession of colour that lasts right through spring. For example, for a pale display you could start with the diminutive Tulipa biflora, which has creamy, goldenyellow petals and flowers from late winter, then segue into the mid-spring beauty of T. ‘Purissima’ and then finish with ‘Spring Green’ that has greenfeathered ivory blooms. In contrast, T. ‘Black Parrot’ is a late-spring bloom with meaty-red flowers, while T. ‘Angélique’ has ruffled pale-pink petals and strong
1ft (30cm) stems.
The gardens of Great Dixter has a stunning array of tulips in spring ‘Angélique’ is one of the most popular tulip varieties
Firm down the soil after planting
‘Olympic Flame’ brings heat to borders