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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.
GRANDMA’S JEWEL BOX        Sampler

It’s Back! 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 15 late-spring jewels: 3 lilac ‘Bleu Aimable’, 3 pale yellow ‘Elsie Eloff’, 3 pink ‘Mariette’, 3 maroon ‘Philippe de Comines’, and 3 red ‘Kingsblood’.

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

COF-03
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 3a-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
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 4a-7b(8bWC). See more brown tulips. Chart & care.
TU-73
1/$8.50
3/$23.50
5/$36.50
10/$68
25/$153
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/$14.50
5/$23
10/$43
25/$98
50/$181
ALICE KEITH, 1930        Web-Only & Rarest
With “tones of warm bronzy orange which thrill the admirers of Breeder tulips” (McFarland, 1941), this goblet-shaped beauty was introduced by the legendary Dutch bulb-house of Krelage and Son, founded in 1811. A word to the wise: We have just 25 bulbs available this fall, and they won’t last long. Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 20-22”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
TU-933
1/$12.50
3/$34
Limit 3, please.
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 & care.
TU-925
5/$9
10/$17
25/$39
50/$72
100/$133
BACCHUS BONTLOF, 1890        Rarest & New
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, and this year’s supply is very limited, so order early! Single Early, 10-12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
TU-954
1/$9.50
3/$26
5/$41
10/$76
Limit 10, please.
BEAUTY OF BATH, 1906        Web-Only & Rarest
“One of the most enchanting of the Cottage tribe,” said the Scheepers catalog in 1929. A true broken tulip, this British beauty opens with “the most lovely flushes and pencilings of pale to deeper yellow and pinkish lavender to rose” and then matures to a lace-like tracery of purple on white. Our friend Betsy Ginsburg was so enchanted she wrote a time-travelling detective story exploring how it got its name. Late, 16-18”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
TU-66
1/$12.50
3/$34
5/$54
Limit 5, please.
BLACK AND WHITE, 1920        Rarest
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/$12.50
3/$34
5/$54
10/$100
25/$225
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 & care.
TU-33
5/$9
10/$17
25/$39
50/$72
100/$133
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