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MIRELLA, 1953        Rarest
Winner of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, this mid-century classic has “buff rose” petals enlivened by silvery pink petal edges and “a broad flame of raspberry” (Killingback, Tulips). After decades of popularity, it’s getting harder and harder to find — so we’ve added it to our ark. Triumph, 22-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
TU946Add to basket:5/$9.5010/$1825/$4150/$76100/$141
ORANGE FAVORITE, 1930        Web-Only & Rarest
This deliciously fragrant flower is “one of the best of all tulips,” writes Anna Pavord in her monumental Bulb, although it’s “not for the faint-hearted.” (Does that sound like a challenge?) Its buds open into “stupendous,” glossy, ruffled blooms of orange feathered with wisps of rose and green. Although the harvest was so small we didn't put it in our print catalog this year, here it is! Parrot, 20” , zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. See our other unusually fragrant tulips.
TU37Add to basket:5/$9.2510/$17.5025/$4050/$74100/$137
PEACH BLOSSOM, 1890
We sell tons of this old tulip every year, even though doubles have been woefully out of fashion for decades now — a testament to its great beauty. It’s a frothy extravaganza of white and pink (not peach), like a lacy, Victorian valentine. If you’ve never grown double tulips, this is the one to start with — and what are you waiting for? Double Early, 12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare. See our other unusually fragrant tulips.
TU19Add to basket:5/$8.5010/$1625/$36.5050/$68100/$126
PHILIPPE DE COMINES, 1891
“Dark polished mahogany,” is how Peter Henderson described this tall, late tulip in 1929, but it always reminds us of dark sweet cherries. Despite its dramatic looks, ‘Philippe’ had vanished from American gardens until we reintroduced it in 1998. The great ‘Black Parrot’ is its ruffled sport (mutation). Single Late/Darwin, 24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
TU30Add to basket:5/$910/$1725/$3950/$72100/$133
PRINCE OF AUSTRIA, 1860        Rarest
This is the tulip that launched Old House Gardens way back in 1993. When the last US catalog dropped it, I knew I had to do something. It was just too wonderful to let go extinct. It’s one of history’s most fragrant tulips (violets? orange blossoms?), with a scent that will draw you across the garden on a sunny day. It’s also so vigorous that it’s been returning for well over a decade here with no special care. Scarlet maturing to almost-orange, Single Early, 12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), grown exclusively for us in Holland. Chart to compare.
TU20Add to basket:3/$21.505/$35.5010/$67
PRINSES IRENE, 1949
Irene’s warm, strong fragrance and unusual coloring — melon-orange flamed with subtle bronze-purple — make it one of the most distinctive tulips of the 1900s. It’s a favorite at Holland’s glorious Keukenhof gardens and easy to force indoors where you can enjoy its heavenly scent up close. Triumph, 14”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare. See our other unusually fragrant tulips.
TU39Add to basket:5/$910/$1725/$3950/$72100/$133
ROYAL SOVEREIGN, 1820        Rarest
This extraordinary tulip is considered the oldest surviving English florists’ tulip, having “first bloomed about 1820” according to tulip-breeder John Slater in his 1843 Descriptive Catalogue of Tulips. Richly patterned with mahogany-red on gold, it multiplies slowly and is very rarely offered today, even by us. Aka ‘Charles X’, ‘Defiance’, ‘Duke of Lancaster’, ‘Le Conquerant’, ‘Page’s George IV’, ‘Platoff’, ‘Victory’, and ‘Waterloo’. 16-18”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
TU996Add to basket:1/$18.503/$50.505/$79.5010/$14825/$333
SCHOONOORD, 1909
Imagine a perfect white peony or a double white waterlily unfolding in the morning sun. That’s ‘Schoonoord’ (say SKOH-nord), lush and radiant. In 1935 Louise Beebe Wilder praised it for perennial borders, saying its “prestige as the best... has never been questioned. It is an old variety but invaluable.” And that’s still true! Double Early, 12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
TU21Add to basket:5/$1210/$22.5025/$51.5050/$96100/$178
SILVER STANDARD, 1760        Rarest
A lot has changed since 1760 (heck, the United States wasn’t even the United States back then), but ‘Silver Standard’ is still one of the world’s most exciting flowers. A true broken tulip, it’s a dazzling combination of purest white boldly splashed with red and guaranteed to leave you and your garden visitors standing open-mouthed in awe. Single Early, 12-14”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
TU91Add to basket:1/$12.503/$345/$5410/$10025/$225
SPAENDONCK, 1893        Web-Only & Rarest
Many spectacular broken tulips bloom in our trial garden, but it seems EVERYONE wants to take ‘Spaendonck’ home with them. With its shapely blooms swirled with crimson, lilac, and rosy-purple on cream, it’s a fitting tribute to Cornelis van Spaendonck (1756-1840), Dutch flower painter and director of the great Sevres porcelain works. Single Early, 12-14”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
TU997Add to basket:1/$12.503/$345/$5410/$10025/$225
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