Tulip Combinations

A spectacular mass display in Central Park, Burnaby – created by city gardener Sharon Lawson. The tulip blend includes ‘White Triumphator’ (Lily-Flowering 18-24″), ‘Daydream’ (Darwin Hybrid 20-24″), ‘Monte Carlo’ (Double Early 10-12″) and the very fragrant ‘Apricot Beauty’ (Single Early 18″). These were under-planted with Myosotis ‘Blue Ball’ (6″ tall). All tulips zone 3 hardy.

A bold spring display of primary colours, with the deep crimson red of the Double Early tulip ‘Abba’ (10-12″ tall), the rich purplish-blue of grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum 4-8″) – punctuated with the occasional white (or purple) winter pansy. The trick to this type of planting is to use generous clumps (10 tulips and 15 Muscari) is order to achieve the colour density. Both of these bulbs are zone 3 hardy.

One of my creations, designed to create some privacy along a glass panel fence near a swimming pool. The rich pink blooms of Tulipa ‘Don Quichotte’ (Triumph 16-20″) nicely balance out the fragrant flowers (several per stem) of Narcissus ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’ (Double 14-16″) – these are accented with a few white and purple winter pansies. I planted this trough very densely to allow the homeowner to take a few cut flowers. Both bulbs are zone 3 hardy.

A simple but long-lasting combination of Tulipa ‘Princess Irene’ (Single Early 12-14″) and Myosotis ‘Bluesylva’, which often self-seeds. This fragrant tulip really stands out with its bright orange petals streaked with purple from the base, and it is a good choice for naturalizing. The sturdy stems of this tulip also make it an excellent cut flower. Both plants are hardy to zone 3.

Another of my designs featuring a blend of ‘Golden Melody’ (Triumph 16-20″) and ‘Attila’ (Triumph 18-20″) tulips, with the very elegant yellow Crown Imperials (Fritillaria imperialis ‘Lutea’ or ‘Lutea Maxima’) towering above in the background. The rather stinky bulbs of the Fritillaria (Zone 5) are squirrel resistant but they should be planted on their side in sandy soil to prevent them from rotting out in our wet winters. Both tulips are zone 3 hardy.

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