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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. To learn more, click here.

GETTING TULIPS TO RETURN FOREVER – Keeping them dry in summer is one trick. To learn more, click here. To protect them from animals, click here.

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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.

TULIP DIVERSITY        Sampler
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 Victorian ‘Peach Blossom’, 3 wild slender ‘Florentine’. For zones 3a-7a(8WC).

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

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ABSALON, 1780        Rarest
Most people have never even seen a brown tulip, let alone grown one. Here’s your chance! 18th-century ‘Absalon’ is intricately patterned with swirling flames of dark chocolate and chestnut on gold. It’s a true broken tulip, a Dutch Bizarre from the Hortus Bulborum, and sure to cause a buzz. 16”, late, zones 4b-7a(7bWC). Chart to compare. See more brown tulips.
TU73SOLD OUT1/$9.503/$265/$4110/$7625/$171
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 stilleto-petalled tulips like it were all the rage in the Ottoman Empire. 20”, zones 4b-7a(8aWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
TU32SOLD OUT3/$14.505/$2310/$4325/$9850/$181
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 3-7b(8aWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
TU925SOLD OUT5/$910/$1725/$3950/$72100/$133
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 with ‘Greuze’ and snake’s-head fritillaries for a dusky springtime bouquet á la Martha, or pair it with ‘Orange Favorite’ for a display that’s dazzling! Zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
TU33SOLD OUT5/$11.5010/$21.5025/$49.5050/$92100/$170
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 to compare.
TU04SOLD OUT5/$10.7510/$20.5025/$46.5050/$86100/$159
BLONDINE, 1956        Rarest
From the era of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Clairol asking “Is it true blondes have more fun?” comes this rare beauty whose name is Dutch for blonde. A cool, lightly ruffled flower of pale to deeper yellow subtly feathered with bits of spring green and rose, it won rave reviews from our customers who previewed it this past spring. Parrot, mid-season, 16-20”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
TU940SOLD OUT5/$10.5010/$2025/$4550/$84100/$156
CLUSIANA, 1607        Rarest
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 to compare.
TU25SOLD OUT3/$13.505/$21.5010/$4025/$9150/$169
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