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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. Learn more.

GETTING TULIPS TO LIVE FOREVER — Most important is keeping them dry in summer; learn more. And if animals bother yours, check out our tips for protecting them.

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.
VICTORIAN BRILLIANCE        Rarest & New
Echoing the gingerbread trim and lavish paint schemes of their houses, Victorians decorated their lawns with “carpet beds” of brightly colored flowers. Enjoy a glimpse of those exuberant designs by sampling 5 of the era’s most popular bedding tulips: 1 yellow ‘Chrysolora’ (from 1875), 1 white ‘Pottebakker White’ (1840), 1 bright rose ‘Proserpine’ (1875), 1 purple ‘Van der Neer’ (1860), and 1 red ‘Vuurvlam’ (1897). For zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Tulip care.
COF-15
1/$29
2/$55.50
3/$79
4/$102
5/$125
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.

COF-42
1/$23
2/$44
3/$63
4/$81
5/$99
GRANDMA’S JEWEL BOX        Sampler

Tulips in old gardens are often a hodgepodge of survivors that nobody planned but that always looks cheery and right. This sampler of 15 tall, late-spring jewels for zones 3a-7b(8bWC) honors those time-rich jumbles. You’ll get 3 pink ‘Mariette’, 3 ‘White Triumphator’, 3 lavender ‘Blue Parrot’, 3 pale yellow ‘Elsie Eloff’, and 3 red ‘Kingsblood’. Tulip care.

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

COF-03
1/$28
2/$54
3/$76.50
4/$98.50
5/$121
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.
TU-73
1/$9.50
3/$26
5/$41
10/$76
Limit 10, please.
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 & care.
TU-32
3/$12.50
5/$20
10/$37
25/$84.50
50/$156
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 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
TU-925
5/$9
10/$17
25/$39
50/$72
100/$133
ARCHERON        Rarest & Web-Only
New! I’ve wanted to offer this strikingly dark tulip ever since it first called to me at the Hortus Bulborum years ago. As I looked up and down the rows there filled with hundreds of different tulips in bloom – all of them beautiful – ‘Archeron’ stood out as something special. A deep garnet-red shaded with rust, it’s well-named for the “river of woe” in the underworld of Greek mythology. Single Late, 20-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
TU-913
1/$6
3/$16.50
5/$26
10/$48
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.
TU-954
1/$7.50
3/$20.50
5/$32.50
Limit 5, please.
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! 19-21”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
TU-33
5/$9
10/$17
25/$39
50/$72
100/$133
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 & care.
TU-04
5/$10.50
10/$20
25/$45
50/$84
100/$156
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