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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. To learn more, click here.

GETTING TULIPS TO RETURN FOREVER — Keeping them dry in summer is one trick. To learn more, click here. To protect them from animals, click here.

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.

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. See our other unusually fragrant tulips. Chart & care.
TU-19
5/$8.50
10/$16
25/$36.50
50/$68
100/$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 & care.
TU-30
5/$9
10/$17
25/$39
50/$72
100/$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 & care.
TU-20
3/$21.50
5/$35.50
10/$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. See our other unusually fragrant tulips. Chart & care.
TU-39
5/$9
10/$17
25/$39
50/$72
100/$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 & care.
TU-996
1/$18.50
3/$50.50
5/$79.50
10/$148
25/$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 & care.
TU-21
5/$12
10/$22.50
25/$51.50
50/$96
100/$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 & care.
TU-91
1/$12.50
3/$34
5/$54
10/$100
25/$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 & care.
TU-997
1/$12.50
3/$34
5/$54
10/$100
25/$225
TEMPLE OF BEAUTY, 1959        
This bold, elegant tulip “will make you drool,” wrote East Hampton fashionista Dianne Benson. It holds its large yet graceful flowers on stems up to 30 inches tall, and its color — vivid orange blended with fuchsia — is truly stunning. Award of Garden Merit, Single Late, 26-30”, zones 3-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
TU-924
5/$8.50
10/$16
25/$36.50
50/$68
100/$126
THE LIZARD, 1903        Rarest
Weird name, cool flower. With “much rich beauty to commend it” (in the words of the 1929 Scheepers catalog), this true broken tulip is a swirling tapestry of “all shades of deep lilac and dark reddish rose” feathered and flamed on creamy yellow and white. “The whole is rich and strange” — and glorious! Single Late, 20-24”, late-blooming, zones 4a-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
TU-977
1/$12.50
3/$34
5/$54
10/$100
25/$225
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