Slide Show: Tulip Time
This lovely tulip – a Triumph type – has a powerful, deliciously citrusy fragrance, in addition to being a nuanced shade of orange. I think it pairs well with the apricot flowering currant bush (Ribes x gordonianum, to left) and the orange
Lipstick pink lily-flowered tulips look fantastic against the chartreuse flowers of Euphorbia and chartreuse-leafed Stachys ‘Primrose Heron’. These tulips persist year after year in my dry parking strip.
Creamy Maureen tulips (single late type) look great in a gravel garden with steely blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens), a blue-leafed conifer (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Blue Surprise’) and a white-flowered rock rose (Cistus sp.).<
I’ll be darned if those Queen of Night tulips don’t make everything look good!
Foreground: Tulip ‘Prinses Irene’ (Triumph type, orange with purple flames)
Background: Tulip ‘Little Princess’ – a petite species tulip
Only a few inches high, Little Princess is a species type tulip that loves sun, heat and good drainage. It’s perfect near a gravel path where it receives reflected heat and can go completely dry in summer. On sunny spring days, the flowers open