Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Planting Ideas -

1 ‘Blue Di­a­mond’ Beau­ti­fully shaped, pur­ple-blue flow­ers from early April Tulipa un­til most other tulips are past their prime. 45cm. USDA 3a-8b†.

2 ‘Bal­le­rina’ This el­e­gant, slen­der and tall tulip has a lovely scent. Its petals will T. open wide into a lily-like star shape. 60cm. AGM*. RHS H6, USDA 3a-8b.

3 ‘Doll’s Min­uet’ Its nar­row, pointed petals give this tulip a feath­ery and play­ful T. qual­ity. It can grow up to 65cm tall, with long-last­ing ap­peal as it flow­ers from mid-April to end of May. 65cm. USDA 3a-9a.

4 ‘Pur­ple Rain’ Though fairly easy to grow, and able to with­stand wind and rain, T. this rich-pur­ple tulip prefers full sun. Packs the per­fect punch among whites and soft pinks. 40cm. USDA 3a-8b.

5 ‘Lou­vre’ A stat­uesque tulip that flow­ers in May, so fairly late, and has a sil­very T. fringe. 50cm. AGM. USDA 3a-8b.

6 ‘Glas­nost’ Bold, ruf­fled, yel­low-edged, bright-red flow­ers. These are se­ri­ously T. big blooms. 40cm. USDA 3a-8b.

7 ‘Blue Heron’ Plant this tulip where you can look into the flower, be­cause as it T. opens up it re­veals a con­trast­ing dark cen­tre. 65cm. AGM. RHS H6, USDA 3a-8b.

8 ‘Bal­lade’ Highly rec­om­mended by Jac­que­line van der Kloet. When planted in T. a sunny, fer­tile spot it will come back year af­ter year. 50cm. AGM. USDA 3a-9b.

9 ‘Apri­cot Magic’ This early, sin­gle tulip is more peach than apri­cot. With its T. pointy, lance-shaped leaves and gothic-arched flower petals, it looks like the quin­tes­sen­tial tulip. 40cm. USDA 3a-8b.

10 ‘Gavota’ Flow­ers in April with ter­ra­cotta blooms feath­ered with gold. Its T. strong stem makes it the per­fect cut flower. 50cm. AGM. USDA 3a-8b.

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