I Love My Tulips!

Karen did a great job mixing early-blooming Red Emperors (the wide open blooms) and other tulips for a bed under some small trees. And her group of the ones she calls the “peachy ones” beside the home’s front steps is a wonderful planting of a very popular late tulip:Apricot Beauty. It shows clearly how a few tulips alone, planted close together, can light up an area all by themselves in spring.

Dear American Meadows:

I LOVE MY TULIPS! They make me happy every time I walk in my kitchen. I strategically planted them so they are viewed outside my window!

I absolutely love them and they make an awesome display! (Everyone thinks so.) I put all the red, pink and purple ones together mixed randomly. Then I put the light pink ones where my rose bushes are--so I have to go to the yard to see those. I wish I had grouped those a little thicker, but that's OK. They still look awesome.

Then… I have all the peachy ones in the front yard and they are coming up--no blooms yet, (photo shows later bloom) but they are getting ready. They look so good! I am so excited.

I wish I could have a whole field of tulips around my house they're so cool.Karen Tabaka
St. Louis Thanks, Karen, for sharing your great photos! They're great examples of several things many gardeners never learn about tulips.

1. Plant them close together. In both photos, you can clearly see how good they look as a mass. If they were spaced out, the whole display would be weak.

2. Mix them up. The top photo shows several tulip varieties together with lovely color combinations. And they're not just different colors. The large red ones are Red Emperors, which bloom early. In the photo, you can see that they are "older" already than the purple and pink companions. Mixing early, mid, and late-season bloom tulips gives you weeks of great bloom. 

pink tulips next to a fencepink tulips next to a fence
tulip garden in front of a housetulip garden in front of a house

3. They even work well all alone. Both these tulip beds are holding their own for a great spring display--no other plants around them, no shrubs, nothing--just the tulips. If you plant yours close together, you'll have this advantage. The best example is the lower photo. Imagine how blank Karen's entrance would look without them! And there they are...those are calledApricot Beauty, by the way... greeting everyone with wonderful spring bloom. In this case, Karen even matched the tulip color to the handsome stonework around her front door! Tulips can work magic like this at your house, too.

  1. Pink andOrange Double Late Tulip Bulb Pink Star, Tulipa

    Double Late Tulip Pink Star has full peony-like flowers in shades of magenta and pink with accents of apricot. Plant Pink Star in large groups for a head turning display that will p...

    Learn More
    Pink Star Double Late Tulip Double Late Tulip Pink Star Tulipa Pink Star
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Bag of 8
    Double Late Tulip Pink Star has full peony-like flowers in shades of magenta and pink with accents of apricot. Plant Pink Star in large groups for a head turning display that will provide many cut flowers for bouquets. (Tulipa)
    Learn More
  2. White Emperor Tulip Bulbs, Tulipa, Emperor Tulip

    This tulip defines elegance with its huge pristine white blooms and fragrance. It's the first to bloom in spring and the perfect companion tulip for Red Emperor. (Tulipa fosteriana)...

    Learn More
    White Emperor Tulip White Emperor Tulip Tulipa White Emperor
    As low as $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Bag of 10
    This tulip defines elegance with its huge pristine white blooms and fragrance. It's the first to bloom in spring and the perfect companion tulip for Red Emperor. (Tulipa fosteriana)
    Learn More
  3. Purple Prince Single Early Tulip

    'Purple Prince' Single Early Tulip sparkles in rich tones worthy of its royal name. Red-violet petals add a silky texture to the garden, blooming early-to-mid spring. Strong stems st...

    Learn More
    Purple Prince Single Early Tulip Purple Prince Single Early Tulip Tulipa Purple Prince
    As low as $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 25
    'Purple Prince' Single Early Tulip sparkles in rich tones worthy of its royal name. Red-violet petals add a silky texture to the garden, blooming early-to-mid spring. Strong stems stand up to wind and rain, and are perfect for cut flowers. As the flowers age, the cups open to reveal a darker interior and yellow center. (Tulipa hybrid)
    Learn More
  4. Perennial Darwin Tulip Bulbs Grand Mix, Tulipa, Darwin Hybrid Tulip

    Grand Darwin Tulip Mix is bursting with color. Beautiful combinations of red, orange, pink and yellow make this a must have for a sunny garden. Planted in large quantities creates ...

    Learn More
    Grand Darwin Tulip Mix Darwin Hybrid Tulip Mix Tulipa Grand Mix
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Bag of 10
    Grand Darwin Tulip Mix is bursting with color. Beautiful combinations of red, orange, pink and yellow make this a must have for a sunny garden. Planted in large quantities creates a stunning vision, or place in containers on your patio for an added infusion of color. With all the different variations in this mix it makes excellent cut flowers for bouquets. Easy to Grow. (Tulipa)
    Learn More
  5. Passion Tulip Flower Bulb Collection

    Spring lasts longer when you fill it with a passionate collection of pink, deepest plum, and pure white Tulips that bloom successively throughout the season. Our Passion Tulip Collec...

    Learn More
    Passion Tulip Flower Bulb Collection Passion Tulip Flower Bulb Collection Tulipa
    $69.98 Sale $34.99
    Per Collection of 39
    Spring lasts longer when you fill it with a passionate collection of pink, deepest plum, and pure white Tulips that bloom successively throughout the season. Our Passion Tulip Collection contains five remarkable tulips that showcase the best in single, double and lily-flowered cultivars. ‘White Emperor,’ ‘Elegant Lady,’ ‘Dream Touch,’ ‘Black Parrot,’ and ‘Pink Star’ keep the color coming and are guaranteed to charm. Plant Tulips in full sun to part shade, making sure they receive at least six hours of sun. (Tulipa)
    Learn More
  6. Pink Wild Tulip Bulbs Lilac Wonder, Tulipa bakeri, Wild Tulip

    Luscious, light pink flowers with a stunning butter yellow center make these the little treasures of your spring garden. Allow Lilac Wonder to naturalize and you'll have a front row ...

    Learn More
    Lilac Wonder Wild Tulip Lilac Wonder Wild Tulip Tulipa bakeri Lilac Wonder
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Bag of 15
    Luscious, light pink flowers with a stunning butter yellow center make these the little treasures of your spring garden. Allow Lilac Wonder to naturalize and you'll have a front row seat to a cheerful spring show every year. Dependably perennial and deer resistant. (Tulipa bakeri)
    Learn More
  7. Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix, Tulipa, Darwin Hybrid Tulip

    This gorgeous mix brings new colors to the perennial Tulips. Large flowers up to 6" in diameter when in full bloom and their long strong stems make for beautiful cut flowers....

    Learn More
    Plant To Impress Darwin Tulip Mix Darwin Hybrid Tulip Tulipa
    As low as $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Bag of 10
    This gorgeous mix brings new colors to the perennial Tulips. Large flowers up to 6" in diameter when in full bloom and their long strong stems make for beautiful cut flowers.
    Learn More
  8. Peach Dordogne Single Late Tulip, Tulipa Dordogne

    'Dordogne' Single Late Tulip kisses the late spring garden with silky coral petals edged in soft apricot. The colors shift with the light and no two blooms are quite alike. The large...

    Learn More
    Dordogne Single Late Tulip Dordogne Single Late Tulip Tulipa Dordogne
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Bag of 10
    'Dordogne' Single Late Tulip kisses the late spring garden with silky coral petals edged in soft apricot. The colors shift with the light and no two blooms are quite alike. The large goblet-shaped flowers stand atop elegant, long stems yearning to be gathered into bouquets. Excellent for massing in garden beds or layering with shorter spring-blooming bulbs. (Tulipa hybrid)
    Learn More
© 2019 AmericanMeadows.com All rights reserved