PAPILLON, 1914        
A great staff favorite here at Old House Gardens, elegant ‘Papillon’ has unusually dark, garnet-red petals that seem even darker because of their broad, feathery edging of gold (or is that melted butter?). It’s named for the darkly romantic Madame Papillon, an 1860 ballet by Offenbach and Taglioni about a butterfly (papillon is French for butterfly) that perishes in flames. Single Late, 18-20”, zones 4b-7a(8aWC), from the Hortus. Last offered in 2008. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
PERFECTA, 1750        
Like a brilliant flag whipped into a frenzy by raging winds — or the claw of some freakish lobster from the Great Barrier Reef — or a Baroque filigree splashed with paint by the Color Kittens — that’s ‘Perfecta.’ One of Nature’s weirdest and most wonderful jewels, it’s been preserved by gardeners for over 250 years so you can enjoy it today. (For other extra-rare parrots, see ‘Amiral de Constantinople’, ‘Cafe Brun’, and ‘Markgraaf van Baden’.) 18”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2014. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert subscribe to our email newsletter.
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, 20-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2015. Unfortunately we’ve lost our grower and haven’t found another yet who can guaranteee true stock. For an alert the instant we do, subscribe to our email newsletter.
POMPADOUR, 1929        
Shaded with a mist of tiny pink speckles that get deeper and more numerous every day, this extra-rare double tulip gradually transforms itself from near-white to rosy pink – almost as if it’s blushing in slow motion. A golden glow deep inside adds to its ethereal beauty. Double Early, 10-12”, zones 4a-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2015. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
PRELUDIUM, 1945        
When the last Dutch farmer growing this classic tulip decided to quit it several years ago, we bought his entire stock to save it from oblivion. Now you can help! It’s a deep, radiant rose-pink over a broad base of ivory, and it all but buzzes with energy. Triumph, mid-season, 17-19”, zones 3-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered web-only in 2012. We may offer it again someday. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
PROFESSOR SCHOTEL, 1870        
Sheer elegance and grace, that’s ‘Professor Schotel’. Its distinctively long, rounded petals are poised as gracefully as ballet dancers — or a pair of lips, breathless with anticipation. Its sophisticated, deep violet tones would have been perfect for a Gertrude Jekyll cottage garden. The Zandbergen Brothers catalog of 1930 called the professor “extremely handsome,” and as you can probably tell, we totally agree. Single Late, 20-22”, zones 5-7, from the Hortus. Last offered web-only in 2008. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
QUEEN OF NIGHT, 1944        
Love for our deep dark ‘Greuze’ and ‘Philippe de Comines’ made us spurn ‘Queen of Night’ for years. But we couldn’t resist her beauty forever, and now we grow all three — to universal raves. Darkest of all, she’s maroon black and oh-so sophisticated. 24 inches. Pictured with ‘Philippe de Comines’, top, and ‘Greuze’, middle. Darwin/Single Late, zones 4a-7b(8bWC). Last offered in 2002. Widely available elsewhere.
T. viridiflora RED HUE, 1700?        
We’re always on the lookout for something different, so when we saw this quirky old tulip in a March 2008 Garden Design article about the Hortus Bulborum, we immediately called our friends at the Hortus to reserve some. With narrow, twisted petals of red, green, and maroon, it has an asymmetric, modern-art kind of vibe, but the Hortus dates it to 1700 and tulips much like it have intrigued gardeners since the 1600s. 16-18”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC). Last offered in 2008. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
REX RUBRORUM BONTLOF, 1830        
Prepare to be flabbergasted! This may well be the most exciting double tulip we’ve ever offered. Not only are its leaves edged with creamy white and an occasional hint of pink, but each bud starts as a fat little pompon of green and white that sprouts a tuft of red at the top and then gradually opens into a double flower of a unique peachy-red that’s almost neon in its brilliancy. A variegated sport of the most popular double red tulip of the past 200 years, ‘RRB’ is weird, wonderful, and sure to cause a commotion! Double Early, 14”, zones 4b-7a, from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered web-only in 2009. We hope to offer it again. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
ROLAND, 1934        
Named for the brave knight-hero of one of the greatest troubadour-songs of the Middle Ages, ‘Roland’ is a majestic, antique-velvety red edged with ivory. What’s more, its extra vigor often gives it a few extra petals, making for single blooms that are exuberantly full — and unique! Triumph, 20”, zones 3a-7b, from Holland. Last offered in 2003. We lost our grower and haven’t found another who offers authentic stock.
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