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WHY GROW TULIPS? Nothing says “Spring” better than these diverse, colorful, elegantly simple flowers. They are truly icons of the season.

TULIP HISTORY – Tulips came to Europe from Turkey in the mid-1500s and zoomed to superstar status during the Dutch “Tulipomania” of the 1630s. Learn more.

GETTING TULIPS TO LIVE FOREVER – Most important is keeping them dry in summer; learn more. And if animals bother yours, check out our tips for protecting them.


Even Rarer Tulips — Every year we get a handful of spectacular bulbs that are so rare we offer them Web-Only. For an alert the moment they go on sale, subscribe to our free, monthly email newsletter.

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TULIP DIVERSITYSampler

More varied than most gardeners realize, tulips can be early, late, fragrant, wild, double, ruffled, striped, and more. Here’s an easy introduction to that blissful diversity. We’ll send you 12 bulbs: 3 fragrant early ‘Prinses Irene’, 3 ruffled late ‘Black Parrot’, 3 double ‘Willemsoord’, 3 wild slender ‘Florentine’. For zones 5a-7b(8bWC).

For 6, 9, or more of each, order additional samplers. Tulip care.

COF-42
1/$23
2/$44
3/$63
4/$81
5/$99

ACUMINATA, 1816

Add some fireworks to your garden and bouquets with this spectacularly different tulip that Anna Pavord calls “spidery and mad.” Unknown in the wild, it’s probably the last survivor from the early 1700s when stiletto-petalled tulips like it were all the rage in the Ottoman Empire. 20”, zones 3b-7a(8aWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

TU-32
3/$14
5/$22
10/$41.50
25/$94.50
50/$175

APRICOT BEAUTY, 1953

“Delectable anywhere,” writes garden-guru Ann Lovejoy, “it should be planted by the bagful.” Lightly fragrant and winner of multiple awards including the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, this popular tulip has been celebrated for its dreamy and unusual color for over 60 years. And it’s great for forcing, too. Single Early, 14-16”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

TU-925
5/$9.50
10/$18
25/$41
50/$76
100/$141

BLACK PARROT, 1937

The best parrot tulip of the 20th century and dramatic enough to be showcased on the covers of both Martha Stewart Living and Horticulture, ‘Black Parrot’ is a dark, glossy maroon, exuberantly ruffled and frilled. Combine it with snake’s-head fritillaries for a dusky springtime bouquet á la Martha, or pair it with ‘Kingsblood’ for a dazzling display! 19-21”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

TU-33
5/$9.50
10/$18
25/$41
50/$76
100/$141

BLEU AIMABLE, 1916

It’s not really blue, of course, but a soft, silvery lilac that combines amiably with just about everything. Even better, its tall, late, graceful blossoms last and last in bloom, longer than any other tulip we’ve ever grown. Darwin/Single Late, 24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from one last farm in Holland. Chart and care.

TU-04
5/$10.50
10/$20
25/$45
50/$84
100/$156

BLONDINE, 1956Rarest

From the era of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Clairol asking “Is it true blondes have more fun?” comes this rare beauty whose name in Dutch means blonde. A cool, lightly ruffled flower of pale to deeper yellow subtly feathered with bits of spring green and rose, it has inspired rave reviews from many of our customers. Parrot, mid-season, 16-20”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

TU-940
5/$10
10/$19
25/$43
50/$80
100/$148

BRIDESMAID, 1900Rarest & Web-Only

With an unusually long, slender shape this lovely broken tulip was introduced by the legendary bulb-house of Krelage and Sons. In 1907 the Peter Henderson catalog praised it as “brilliant cherry rose flushed and striped with scarlet, violet, and white, very distinct.” Aka ‘Maid of Holland’, Single Late, 14-18”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.

TU-959
1/$9.50
3/$26
5/$41
Almost gone! Limit 5.

CLUSIANA, 1607Rarest

A tulip for Mobile? Yes! And it’s hardy and multiplies in Boston and Denver, too! Although many sources offer this petite, charming wildflower, virtually all deliver cheap impostors such as hybrid ‘Lady Jane’ (oversized, and empty inside) or modern cream-to-yellow forms instead of the ancient rose and WHITE with its heart of deep, ravishing purple. Bill Finch of the Mobile Press-Register writes that in his garden our true clusiana has “come bursting out of the ground, each year better than the last.” It can do the same for you, in zones 6a-8b(10bWC), if you give it well-drained soil that’s relatively dry in summer. 10-14”, from Holland. Chart and care.

TU-25
3/$14
5/$22
10/$41.50
25/$94.50
50/$175

COULEUR CARDINAL, 1845

The best red tulip ever? Could be! It’s definitely the only tulip this old that’s still widely grown today. Generations have prized its rich color – red with a plum blush – and its fine habit – sturdy, weather-proof, and enduring. Isn’t it time you tried it? Triumph, 12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart, care, and learn more.

TU-06
5/$9.50
10/$18
25/$41
50/$76
100/$141

DEMETER, 1932Rarest & Web-Only

How about a tulip that’s immortal? Our customers led us to ‘Demeter’, telling us it returned and bloomed in their gardens for a decade or more. A vibrant, very rosy purple, it’s named for Demeter (say Di-MEET-er), the Greek goddess of agriculture and fertility – another good reason to grow it. Triumph, 24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

TU-34
3/$17.50
5/$28
Limit 5, please.

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