Tulipa ‘Virichic’ (Viridiflora Tulip) – This member of the green tulip family features exotic flared or reflexed blooms of hot pink with a central green streak edged in creamy yellow. These make for interesting cut flowers and they really brighten the garden on those dull overcast spring days. ‘Virichic’ blooms mid to late spring and grows 15-20″ high. Hardy to zone 3.
Tulipa ‘Jimmy’ (Triumph Tulip) – A good choice for mass planting due to its reliable single bicolor blooms of peachy-orange with a rosy-pink blush on the outside petals. The sturdy stems of this cultivar also make it one of your best choices for cut flowers, plus they last a long time in the vase. ‘Jimmy’ blooms in mid-spring and grows 12 to 14″ high. Hardy to zone 3.
Tulipa ‘Abigail’ (Double Late Tulip) – This peony-flowered tulip features double blooms of a rich magenta-purple with green petals accenting the base. This 1998 introduction is shown here blooming with the blue forget-me-not flowers of Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’. ‘Abigail’ is another superb cut flower and blooms mid to late spring. Grows 18-20″ high and is hardy to zone 3.
Tulipa ‘Orange Favourite’ (Parrot Tulip) – You are looking at a dazzling bouquet of 12 bulbs planted in small container by my client’s front door. The large irregular blooms of reddish-orange with green and yellow highlights are also fringed and highly fragrant. This sport of Tulipa ‘Orange King’ was introduced in 1930 and blooms late spring. Grows 18-20″ high. Hardy to zone 3.
Tulipa ‘Aladdin’ (Lily Flowering Tulip) – The elegant arched scarlet petals of ‘Aladdin’ are best viewed with the bulbs spaced somewhat, so you can appreciate the individual flower. These are also edged in creamy-white to bright yellow. This 1942 introduction blooms in late spring and looks great in combination with yellow wallflowers. Grows 18-22″ high. Hardy to zone 3.