Tulips II / Tulipa

Tulipa ‘Gavota’ (Triumph Tulip) – A spectacular tulip discovered at Keukenhof Gardens in Holland with a beautiful contrast of deep maroon-purple petals edged with generous creamy-yellow margins. There’s is no need to accent this with any other bulb, just mass plant and enjoy its rich beauty. This mid-season (April) tulip grows 16 to 18″ high and is hardy to zone 3.

Tulipa ‘Antoinette’ (Bouquet Tulip) – Also known as a ‘chameleon’ tulip due to the fact that it is constantly changing colours. ‘Antoinette’ starts out lemon yellow with white margins, picks up raspberry pink highlights as it ages, and finishes a salmon orange. This multi-flowering tulip has lightly variegated foliage and bears 4-6 blooms per stem. Flowers late spring. Height 18″. Zone 3.

Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’ (Single Late Tulip) – One of the top 10 tulips available with dark plum-purple flowers with a silky sheen to the petals. ‘Queen of Night’ was introduced in 1944 and makes a good cut flower with its strong stems. Try this one in combination with Tulipa ‘Shirley’, another single late with white petals edged in purple. Grows to 22″ high and hardy to zone 3.

Tulipa ‘Attila’ (Triumph Tulip) –  A standard variety which has been around a long time, since 1945. ‘Attila’ bears bright violet-purple blooms on strong stems during the mid-season. This cultivar looks great when paired with the clear yellow ‘Golden Melody’ tulip (another Triumph tulip that grows 16″ high). Grows 16 to 18″ high and hardy to zone 3.

Tulipa ‘Mickey Mouse’ (Single Early Tulip) – A striking cultivar with deep yellow petals starkly contrasted by ‘Rembrandt-like’ blood red inset flames. ‘Mickey Mouse’ generally blooms early to mid-season, or March to April. Use this in mass in front of deep green backgrounds (such as hedging or forests) for best effect. This 1960 introduction grows 12-14″ high. Zone 3.

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One Response to Tulips II / Tulipa

  1. Meredith Lloyd-Evans, Cambridge UK says:

    Gavota is indeed a beautiful tulip, very hardy, and the small bulblets are easy to grow on in a shallow tray (eg flat wooden wine box with holes drilled in it, or similar plastic tray) to 2nd-year size – larger bulbs will even flower when planted in such a tray, to provide cut flowers for the house a few weeks early if kept under glass. It has a slight and pleasant fragrance.

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