Tulipa ‘Rococo’ (Parrot Tulip) – This is by far my favourite tulip, much in part to its large crested flowers with a unique blend of carmine red (with hints of burgundy), green and a hint of yellow. This 1942 introduction from Slegtkamp blooms in May and makes an excellent cut flower, as every one of them is a little different from the each other. Grows 14 to 16″ high. Hardy to zone 3.
Tulipa ‘Princess Irene’ (syn. ‘Prinses Irene’) (Single Early Tulip) – This 1949 introduction was named after a Dutch princess and features fragrant bright orange flowers with a reddish-purple flame rising up from the base of the petal through the center. It is a great choice for mass planting and makes an excellent cut flower. Can be used for forcing. Grows 12″ high. Hardy to zone 3.
Tulipa praestans ‘Unicum’ (Species or Botanical Tulip) – This sport of Tulipa praestans ‘Fusilier’ bears multi-flowering stems (up to 4-6 flowers each) of deep reddish-orange blooms from March to April. They are long-blooming, often flowering for weeks at a time. This is also a good choice for naturalizing, as they will form a nice colony when left in ground. Grows 6-10″ high. Z3.
Tulipa ‘Orange Princess’ (Double Late Tulip) – Also know as a Peony Tulip, this sport of ‘Princess Irene’ features fragrant large double blooms of deep orange with a reddish-purple flame and a hint of green as they open. They have strong stems, making them quite weather resistant and a good choice for cutting. Blooms late April. Grows 14 to 16″ high. Hardy to zone 3.
Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha (syn. Tulipa ‘Chrysantha’) (Species or Botanical Tulip) – A unique species tulip with slender yellow and red bicolor blooms borne on short stems from early to mid spring. These are more suited to planting in small clusters rather than mass planting due to their diminutive size. Prefers drier conditions during summer dormancy. Grows 6-8″. Z3.