Here you’ll find our VERY rarest bulbs along with late finds and others we simply couldn’t squeeze into our print catalog.

Those marked “Web-Only & Rarest” are sometimes in such short supply that they sell out within days — and some years we can’t offer them at all — so if you see one you like, we recommend you order it now!

Spring-Planted:  Dahlias    Daylilies    Gladiolus    Iris

Fall-Planted:  Samplers    Crocus    Daffodils    Hyacinths    Lilies    Peonies    Tulips

TULIP DIVERSITY        Web-Only & 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 4a-7a(8WC). Tulip care.

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

ABSALON, 1780        Rarest & Web-Only
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 4a-7b(8bWC). See more brown tulips. Chart & care.
Limit 10, please.
BACCHUS BONTLOF, 1890        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! A piping of butter-cream frosting highlights the wavy leaf-edges of this striking late-Victorian tulip. It may remind you of a miniature hosta – until its brilliant, deep red flowers open. The last time the Hortus offered us any was in 2010, so get it while you can! Single Early, 10-12, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
Limit 5, please.
BLACK AND WHITE, 1920        Rarest & Web-Only
Historic? We’re not sure. Extraordinary? Yes! This true broken tulip was discovered at the Hortus Bulborum. It’s not clear whether it’s an heirloom whose label was lost or a newly-broken version of one of their other heirloom varieties, but it’s so stunning we couldn’t resist it. With dark purple flames on creamy white petals, it’s a tulip that Tulipomaniacs of the 1630s would have given a fortune to own! Single Late, 16-20”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC). Chart & care.
TU-978 1/$14.50 3/$39.50 5/$62.50 10/$116 25/$261 SOLD OUT
BRIDESMAID, 1900        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! With an unusually long, slender shape this lovely broken tulip was introduced by the legendary bulb-house of Krelage and Sons. In 1907 the Peter Henderson catalog praised it as “brilliant cherry rose flushed and striped with scarlet, violet, and white, very distinct,”. Aka ‘Maid of Holland’, Single Late, 14-18”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
Limit 3, please.
CHRYSOLORA, 1872        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! The finest yellow tulip of the late Victorian age, ‘Chrysolora’ was offered in virtually every US catalog from Rochester’s Briggs and Bros. of 1872 well into the 1920s. Charles Allen in his 1893 Bulbs and Tuberous-Rooted Plants included it on his short list of a dozen best Single Early tulips (with ‘Couleur Cardinal’, ‘Keizerskroon’, ‘Lac van Rijn’, and ‘Pottebakker White’) and praised it as “one of the earliest, deep yellow, and handsome.” Last offered in 2004, Single Early, 10-12 inches, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus. Chart & care.
Limit 10, please.
CLARA BUTT, 1889        Rarest & Web-Only
Once the world’s most popular tulip, gracing hundreds of catalog covers, this willowy, shell-pink beauty was lost to gardeners in 2007 when the last US grower finally gave it up. To save it, we sent 100 bulbs from his last harvest to our friends in Holland, and now there’s enough to share! Though bred from antique Flemish stock, ‘Clara’ was the prototypical 20th-century tulip – not feathered or flamed, not short and bright, but tall, late, pastel, and lovely. Darwin/Single Late, 22”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC). Chart & care.
Limit 3, please.
DEMETER, 1932        Rarest & Web-Only
How about a tulip that’s immortal? Our customers led us to ‘Demeter’, telling us it returned and bloomed in their gardens for a decade or more. A vibrant, very rosy purple, it’s named for Demeter (say Di-MEET-er), the Greek goddess of agriculture and fertility – another good reason to grow it. Triumph, 24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
Limit 3, please.
DILLENBURG, 1916        Rarest & Web-Only
Fragrant, luscious, and late, ‘Dillenburg’ blooms with the earliest bearded iris, offering one last spring treat to look forward to each year. It’s a sophisticated “art shades” blend of peach brushed with rose and one of the last survivors of a whole class of tulips, the Dutch Breeders, that filled pages of catalogs in the early 1900s. As always our supply is very limited, but at least we have it – and every year we worry that we won’t. Single Late, 26”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
TU-08 3/$19 5/$30 10/$56 25/$126 50/$231 SOLD OUT
DUCHESSE DE PARMA, 1820        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! This exceptionally rare tulip is “bronze crimson bordered with orange,” according to the 1889 Rawson catalog. But most gardeners over the past 196 years would have seen it as simply red trimmed with yellow — one of the most popular color combinations in tulips since the very first were brought into Western gardens in the 1500s — and, as the 1865 Vick’s catalog described it, “splendid.” Single Early, 10-12”, zones 5-7, from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
Limit 10, please.
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