Bulbs

BULBS for COLORADO GARDENS

At Harlequin’s Gardens, we have been experimenting for years with bulbs in our display gardens. Since our gardens are xeriscapes (by default even where not by design), we have had the pleasure of discovering that a great many delightful bulbs can thrive and naturalize in our conditions and enliven the scene in spring and fall. No surprise, really, since most of these hardy spring and autumn-blooming bulbs originated in parts of the world with conditions much like ours, such as Central Asia. Visitors to our gardens have been wowed by enormous Star of Persia Alliums and brilliant sapphire miniature iris, and charmed by perky miniature daffodils and starry species tulips and crocus. They (you) kept asking us “where can I get these?”, so in 2008, we carefully selected our first-ever offering of bulbs for sale at Harlequin’s Gardens.

This fall, we have added more than 30 wonderful new varieties. We expect to receive most of the varieties in early- September, the rest in mid to late September.  Quantities are limited and may sell out quickly. We recommend that you purchase your bulbs in September and hold them for planting when the soil is cooler (except Saffron Crocus and Crocus speciosus, which should be planted as soon as possible).  Planting depths are to the bottom of the planting hole where the base of the bulb rests.  Planting depth can vary depending on how light or heavy your soil is – plant deeper in light soils, shallower in heavier soils. Single Early, Triumph, Darwin Hybrid, and Multi-flowering tulips should be planted 8″ deep to perform as perennials, and fertilized each year just after bloom. Be sure to allow the leaves and stems to wither naturally before cutting them down.

Here are some ideas for ways and places to use bulbs that you may not have thought of. One idea is to plant small early-blooming bulbs, such as many of the species tulips, where the ground is exposed in spring but will be covered in summer by spreading herbaceous perennials like Desert Four-O’Clock (Mirabilis multiflora), ‘Orange Carpet’ California Fuschia (Zauschneria garrettii), or Wine Cups (Callirhoe involucrata). Also, meadows and drifts of ornamental grasses are usually dormant until mid to late spring, and present a perfect stage for a brilliant display of many types of early spring bulbs. Deciduous groundcovers that emerge in mid-spring, like Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), can partner nicely with Iris reticulata and small species tulips.

Garlic
Garlic planting instructions
Garlic – Spanish Roja:(hardneck variety)
This vigorous, easy-to-grow heirloom variety arrived in the US over 100 years ago. It is famous for its classic rich, complex ‘true garlic’ flavor and is one of the most popular with restaurants/chefs. The large, purple streaked bulbs often reach three inches in diameter and typically have seven to twelve large tan cloves. Spanish Roja peels easily and keeps for up to 4-6 months when properly stored (the outer bulb wrappers are thin and flake off easily so be careful to keep them intact to prolong storage). Like all hard-neck garlic, Spanish Roja will produce curly ‘scapes’ (flowering stems), which can be snipped off and used for another culinary treat in late spring.  This variety grows well in cold winter areas, and is cold-hardy to Zone 3.

Shallot - Holland Red Shallots – Holland Red & Yellow
Shallots are aromatic and flavorful, yet smoother and sweeter than Onions or Garlic, and act as a catalyst in recipes, subtly enhancing other flavors. They are mild and delicate when cooked. If onions are at all upsetting to your stomach, you’ll find Shallots much easier to digest and less sharp smelling, both raw and cooked. Shallots are easy to grow, and each set produces a whole cluster of bulbs. ‘Holland Red’ delivers  mellow, quintessential Shallot flavor in a plump, round bulb with coppery-red skins that peel easily, and purple-tinged white flesh with reddish-purple inner rings. A super-productive variety and an excellent keeper that can be braided and hung in your kitchen or pantry.  They keep this way for up to 1 year! ‘Holland Yellow’ provides most of the same qualities, but has white flesh and tan-yellow skins.Grow in full sun, spaced 4-6” apart in rich loamy soil. Cold-hardy to Zone 3.

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Allium aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’ GIANT PURPLE-FLOWERED ONION
Hardy to Zone 4,  18”-36” tall
Dense, four-inch diameter globes of starry red-purple florets atop stems up to 24” to 36” tall. Very showy, and the earliest large-flowered ornamental onions, blooming in mid-spring. Thrives in full sun to part-shade, and naturalizes by self-sowing. Stunning, long-lasting cut-flower. The dry seed-heads are also highly ornamental in the garden and in flower arrangements. Grow amid perennials that will mound over the foliage when it has dried, such as Saponaria ‘Max Frei’, or among tall, ‘architectural’ perennials such as ‘Moonshine’ Yarrow. Alliums are resistant to browsing by deer and rabbits. Plant 6-8″ deep, 6-12″ apart.
Allium caeruleum (aka A. azureum) Blue-flowered Ornamental Onion
12’-18” tall, Late Spring, Summer (May-June), hardy to Zone 3
Inch-and-a-half globes of gorgeous true-blue flowers are borne abundantly atop 12” – 18” stems in May and June.  Native to Siberia, this easy-to-grow flowering onion is very accommodating, and will grow in sun or part-shade almost anywhere, including xeriscape gardens and at high elevations. Dry seed-heads are also attractive in the garden and in dry bouquets, but this flower re-seeds readily, so if you want to maintain population control we recommend dead-heading. Looks great planted with Aquilegia chrysantha (Denver Gold Columbine), Pineleaf Penstemon, or Malva moschuta ‘Alba’.  Plant 3″ deep, 2″-4″ apart.
Allium christophii (syn. Allium albopilosum) STAR of PERSIA
Hardy to Zone 4,  14”- 24” tall, Plant 6” – 8” deep and 8” – 10” apart
A most surprising, outrageous flower for xeriscapes! The giant globes, to 10” diameter or more, are held on fairly short stems, 8” – 18” tall, blooming in mid-spring. The hundreds of starry, silver-lavender florets each have a green ‘eye’ are arranged so that their petal-tips touch to form a perfect sphere. This easy naturalizer has been highly successful in our xeriscape display gardens, eliciting lots of interest. Also spectacular in large flower arrangements, fresh or dried. Deer and rabbit resistant, and very drought-tolerant. If you don’t want it to naturalize, dead-head before the seeds mature.
al_amplectens_graceful_beauty Allium amplectens Graceful Beauty   -SOLD OUT-
Circa 1857, this delicate-looking yet easy-growing North American native has composite 3″ globes of star-shaped, sparkling white flowers with pale lavender stamens tipped with purple anthers and sturdy stems. Bloom time: May/June. 12″ to 16″. HZ: 4-8.
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12″ tall, blooms late May/June, Zones 3-7, Deer/Rodent-resistant. A superior selection of A. moly. Originating in the Spanish Pyrenees mountains, ‘Jeannine’ has showy bright yellow 2-3″ diameter heads of starry flowers and attractive grassy blue-green foliage. Spreading to form broad clumps, this easy and vigorous cultivar fills in to an almost groundcover density. Plant 16 bulbs per square ft., 2-4″ deep.

Anemone-blanda-Blue-Shade Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’ BLUE GRECIAN WINDFLOWER Hardy to Zone 5, 3-4” tall, An enchanting, early-blooming member of the Buttercup family that grows from a tuber. Where happy, it spreads to form a carpet-like groundcover with ferny deep green foliage and 1”- wide open-faced sky-blue daisy flowers with yellow eyes. Provides a long-lasting display in early spring. Works well under daffodils and tulips, in rock gardens, or in masses under deciduous shrubs and trees. Prefers a humus-rich soil, average moisture and good drainage in a sunny or partly shaded location.
Brodeia ‘Queen Fabiola’
18-24″ tall. Late Spring, Early Summer,  Hardy to Zone 5
A wonderful Western US native wildflower bulb valued for its clusters of violet-blue, upward-facing flowers. ‘Queen Fabiola’ is lovely companion for relatively short perennials that bloom in late May and June, like ‘Coral Canyon’ Twinspur or ‘Elfin Pink’ Beardtongue. She also makes a long lasting and graceful cut flower . The dark green foliage is slender and grass-like. ‘Queen Fabiola’ is easy to grow in full sun or morning sun and well-drained soil.
Chionodoxa forbesii NEW! Chionodoxa forbesii (lavender)
Crocus chrysanthus fuscotinctus NEW! Crocus chrysanthus Fuscotinctus (gold)
This wild “snow” crocus bears sweetly fragrant, bright golden yellow goblet-formed flowers with striking deep purple stripes on the outer petals. The blooms appear in February/March. Fuscotinctus grows well in gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil, dry to moderately moist. Perfect for naturalizing in any sunny or partly sunny location or lawn, and are also charming in pots. 3-4″ tall. Plant 4″ deep. Hardy to Zone 3.
Crocus chrysanthus Prins Cluas NEW! Crocus chrysanthus Prins Claus (dark purple/white)
3-4″ tall. Plant 4″ deep. Native to Greece and Asia Minor. Prins Claus “snow” crocus is ravishing and unique, with its large snow-white flowers delicately shaded with blue-purple brushmarks on the outer petals and its rich golden heart, accented with rich orange stigmas. Blooms appear late winter to early spring. Grows well in gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil, dry to moderately moist. Perfect for naturalizing in any sunny or partly sunny location or lawn, and are also charming in pots. Hardy to Zone 3.
crocus Zwanenburg NEW! Crocus etruscus Zwanenburg (Tuscan Crocus)

4″ tall. Full to partial sun. Bloom time – late March, early April. Zone 4-8. Deer resistant. This highly awarded Tuscan Crocus has graceful lilac-blue and deep violet-blue striations on its violet-gray petals with a pale yellow throat and orange anthers. They naturalize readily in well-draining soil in full to part sun. Species crocus are the earliest crocus to bloom, at least two weeks before their large flowering siblings, and are the best for early spring lawn tapestries; hold off mowing until the foliage has died back. Drifts are also lovely in garden borders and rock gardens. Plant 4″ deep and 3-4″ apart, about nine bulbs per square foot for a dense planting. (Crocus are also good for forcing indoors over the winter. Pot them up in mid-October and pre-cool them at a consistent, dark 38-45 degrees F for 8-10 weeks with moderate watering. Bring them into the house – they will bloom about four weeks later.)

Crocus Grand Maitre NEW! Crocus vernus Grande Maitre (purple)
cr_vernus_jeanne_d_arc NEW! Crocus vernus Jeanne d’Arc (pure white)
Crocus Pickwick NEW! Crocus vernus Pickwick (white/purple stripes)
4-6″ tall, hardy to Zone 3. This distinctive large-flowered “Dutch” crocus bears goblet-shaped blooms of prominent lavender petals finely detailed. Stunning in drifts or mixed with Botanical Iris JS Dyt, Pickwick is a great favorite for early spring. Extremely cold-hardy, easy to plant, and naturalizing readily, it reliably returns every spring in increasing numbers.
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Crocus seiberi ‘Tricolor’
3” tall, Hardy to Zone 3, plant 3-4” deep, 3-4” apart
One of the finest of the winter-blooming ‘snow’ crocuses, this unique little beauty bears remarkable blossoms,  bright lilac-blue at the edges, bright orange in the center, the two colors separated by a broad band of white banded with yellow and white, held on striking dark brown ‘stems’ (actually the long narrow throats of the stemless flowers). Planted in quantity, ‘Tricolor’ produces the same enchanting effect as a Crocus mixture, but all at once. And it’s fragrant, too! Winner of the Award of Garden Merit from the RHS. ‘Tricolor’ naturalizes readily, and is perfect for rock-gardens, between stepping stones and along paths, under deciduous trees and shrubs, in drifts, lawns, etc.  Grow in well-drained soil. ‘Tricolor’ multiplies best in a watered location even during summer dormancy. Native to southern Greece. 
Crocus sativus Crocus sativus SAFFRON CROCUS
Hardy to Zone 6,   4” – 5” tall This fall-blooming crocus emerges as a cheery surprise in October or November with bright violet-purple open cupped petals and brilliant orange stigmas, the source of the precious spice, saffron. The blooms are accompanied by short blades of dark green, grass-like foliage which elongates after the flowers have finished and may re-appear in spring. Wonderful in the sunny rock garden, and amongst low, xeric groundcovers such as Turkish Veronica or ‘Tough-as-Nails’ (Paronychia kapela). Saffron Crocus prefers a location that is warm, sunny and dry, with very good drainage and only wants moisture when it is in flower and active growth.  Plant 2-4″ deep, 3″ apart.
Crocus speciosus (Fall Blooming Crocus) -SOLD OUT-
3-4″ tall. September-October bloom, Hardy to Zone 4
The name ‘Speciosus’ means ‘beautiful’, and this crocus is indeed very beautiful. The clear violet-blue cupped blooms of this gem will emerge suddenly and surprise you just when you thought all the flowers were finished.  Fall Blooming Crocus naturalizes well, multiplying rapidly.  It looks great in drifts, or popping up among loose groundcover like Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), whose blood-red fall color makes a stunning background. Grow in full sun or morning sun, in well-drained soil. Plant 2-4″ deep, 3″ apart.
f_rubra_maxima_main Fritillaria Rubra Maxima (rusty red)
galanthus_nivalis_snowdrop Galanthus nivalis SNOWDROP The classic and beloved Snowdrop, this simple, sweet flower blooms February to March, one of the first reminders that spring is almost here. Common Snowdrops have a single green V marking on the inner segment of the blossom. The linear foliage is like wide blades of grass,and the bloom is like three droplets of milk hanging from a stiff 4 to 8” stem. Preferring moist, humus-rich loamy or clay soils and semi-shade, they are excellent plants for light woodlands or under deciduous shrubs and trees, in rockeries, in lawns, meadows or paths. Snowdrops are long-lived and spread gently by seed and by bulb offsets. They are easily lifted and divided to share or create new patches. Pollinated by honeybees. Deer and rodent resistant, hardy to Zone 4.
Hyacinthus orientalis Aiolos NEW! Hyacinth Aiolos (white) – SOLD OUT –
Hyacinth Peter Stuyvesant NEW! Hyacinth Peter Stuyvesant (dark blue)  -SOLD OUT-

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Ipheion ‘Rolf Fiedler’ SPRING STARFLOWER
Hardy to Zone 5,   3” – 5” tall, Plant 3-5″ deep, 3-4″ apart, deer/rabbit resistant
A spring gem for dry or moderately watered gardens in shade and part-shade. This long-blooming bulb from Chile and Uruguay sends up a mound of grassy foliage in autumn that persists over winter and begins blooming in early spring, producing a long succession of sweetly fragrant starry cobalt blue flowers through late spring, each atop its own 3” – 6” stem. Multiplies to form a groundcover until summer when the foliage goes dormant. Fantastic under trees and shrubs, or out in the open. Also lovely planted under taller mid-spring bulbs such as ‘Tete a Tete’ miniature daffodils.

Succeeds in a wide range of soils, but like most bulbs, requires reasonably good drainage.

Iris_Reticulata_Alida_15_FM NEW! Iris reticulata Alida
New fragrant dwarf species. Soft sky blue flowers with pale yellow markings on the falls appear before the leaves. Perfect to add color to your garden at the end of winter. Alida multiplies very rapidly in the garden and is one of the earliest bulbs to flower. Suitable for rock gardens or garden borders.

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Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’
Hardy to Zone 4,  4” -8” tall, Deer-Resistant, Plant 4” deep and 4-5” apart
Blooming very early, along with species crocus, these miniature irises are brilliant harbingers of spring. They are best for naturalizing in the rock garden or flower border, and increase vigorously. The flowers, though brief, are like richly-colored jewels, and are spectacular when planted in large drifts. Blooms are followed by attractive, erect, dark green, narrow foliage. Prefers humus-rich soil, good drainage, and moderate to low water. Natives of Asia Minor. Iris standards are the inner petals that stand upright, and the falls are the outer petals that open downward.
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NEW! Iris reticulata J.S. Dyt

A classic old variety from 1938, purple with reddish purple falls; one of the latest to bloom. J.S. Dyt is very small, fragrant, and perfect for rock gardens, deciduous woodlands, fronts of borders or rock gardens. Performs well in all typed of soil as long as it is well-drained. Blooms late winter to early spring; 4″-8″; HZ 3-9

NARCISSUS ALTRUIST NEW! Narcissus Altruist – SOLD OUT
 NEW! Narcissus Ceylon

16″, blooms April (early midseason), Zone 3-7. deer/rodent resistant.

Of perfect form, this upward facing, sun-proof, vigorous naturalizer has a brilliant, almost shiny, 4″ buttercup yellow perianth around a large orange-scarlet funnel shaped cup with a paler golden base.

narc_large_flower_record_main NEW! Narcissus Flower Record

18-20″ tall, blooms late April, Zone 3-7, deer/rodent resistant.  A terrific naturalizer and excellent forcer, this celebrated variety is lightly scented and has beautiful white petals with yellow bases, and a yellow cup-shaped crown edged in red.

Narcissus ‘Geranium’
Hardy to zone 4-5. Deer and rodent-proof. Plant 6-8″ deep, 6-8″ apart
This very floriferous 1930 Heirloom tazetta hybrid should be planted where you’ll notice and enjoy its strong and heavenly perfume. The late-midseason blooms have a dainty orange-red cups surrounded by large pure white petals and the bulbs produce many out-facing flowers on each 14”-16” stem and increase well, making a striking display and provide wonderful fragrant cut flowers.
NarcissusHawera  Narcissus ‘Hawera’ This 1938 Heirloom hybrid triandrus-type miniature daffodil bears many little elfin, light lemon – yellow nodding bells with short demitasse cups and swept back petals. Each 5-6” slender stem bears one or two of these dainty blooms with wonderful, fruity fragrance. It is one of the most adaptable, and seems to thrive in partial shade or full sun, growing beautifully forced in pots, shining and thriving growing in scree or dryer areas as well as in the garden border. Blooing in mid-late spring (May), it contrasts nicely with grape hyacinths and is exquisite with hellebores. The very slender foliage is easy to hide while it matures. Hardy to Zone 3-4.  Deer and rodent-proof.
Narcissus ‘Ice Follies
16-18” tall, early-mid spring, hardy to Zone 3, plant 6-8″ deep, 6-8″ apart, deer-proof
Enormously popular, Ice Follies has become a classic daffodil. This sturdy award-winner bears huge 4” flowers with white petals surrounding a frilled, very wide-open, sunny yellow cup that gradually matures almost pure white. A prolific multiplier, it naturalizes vigorously and is a long-lived perennial. Fantastic in large drifts. Also a good forcer. Plant in full sun or morning sun/afternoon shade, in average garden soil with moderate water.
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 NEW! Narcissus Jamestown
14-16″ tall, blooms late April, Zone 3-8. Deer/rodent resistant. Jamestown is an elegant, fragrant, small-cupped variety with a large 3 1/2″ bright white perianth and bowl-shaped, golden-yellow cup with an orange-edged, frilled rim and a glowing green center. Gorgeous with blue flowered Creeping Veronica and False Forget-Me-Not.
Narcissus ‘Jetfire’
Hardy to Zone 3, 8” – 10” tall, Deer-proof! Plant with base of bulb 6” deep
An old favorite for naturalizing, and another Cyclamineus daffodil. Bright and cheerful in the garden, with reflexed vivid yellow petals and orange-red trumpet. ‘Jetfire’ is early blooming, and increases rapidly to form showy colonies. Also good for forcing indoors. Plant 3 times height of bulb, 4-6″ apart.
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NEW! Narcissus Lemon Beauty
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NEW! Narcissus Minnow
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NEW! Narcissus Prototype

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Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’
Hardy to Zone 4, 6” – 7” tall, Deer-proof! Plant 6” deep, 3-6″ apart.
A popular heirloom award-winning Cyclamineus daffodil, we have grown this miniature variety in our Xeriscape Rock Garden for many years. The graceful, floriferous early-bloomer has a reflexed, buttercup-yellow perianth surrounding a trumpet-like, darker yellow cup. For naturalizing, rock gardens, border plantings, and forcing.
Narcissus-ThaliaDe Vroomen Narcissus ‘Thalia’ (Triandrus type)
6-20” tall, Hardy to Zone 4, plant 6-8”deep, 6” apart, Deer-proof
Lovely, snow-white, fragrant, award-winning Triandrus Narcissus ‘Thalia’ is a gracious, natural beauty that has been a perennial favorite since its introduction in 1916. Thalia bears two to three, pendant, star-shaped flowers per stem, poised above slender, deep green foliage. Also known as the ‘Orchid Narcissus’, this demure heirloom has graceful, spreading, slightly recurved flower petals encircling a long, slightly ribbed, cup-shaped crown. Unlike most ‘white’ narcissi, Thalia opens white and remains white. As long-lived Thalia naturalizes and matures over the years, it may bear up to five flowering stems per bulb in mid-spring. Plant in full sun or part shade, in fertile, well-drained soil. Lends itself to virtually any garden style, from ‘wild woodland’ to formal parterre.
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Narcissus, forcing Ziva (high scent) Paperwhites
Potted Paperwhites bring intoxicating fragrance to your home in winter, and make wonderful holiday gifts. Bears trusses of heavily-scented, pure white flowers on up to three stems per bulb. They may be planted in all kinds of decorative pots, vases and trays, either in soil or pebbles, September through February.
Place the bulbs about 1” apart and cover 2/3 of the bulb with stones, marbles or pebbles, or completely cover the bulbs with potting soil. Water, then place them in a light, cool place in indirect sunlight until the foliage stands 3” to 4” high. Move to a sunny location at room temperature and keep them well watered. They will bloom in four to six weeks from planting. If not potting immediately, store bulbs in a dry, dark spot at 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Nectaroscordum bulgaricum

Nectaroscordum bulgaricum SICILIAN HONEY LILY (syn. Allium s. bulgaricum) A fascinating and subtly beautiful flowering onion with a 5” umbrella-shaped inflorescence made up of pendant ¾” plum, green and white bells that come spilling out of an elegant pointed white papery sheath atop a tall stem.  The flowers are richly endowed with nectar and are eagerly visited by honeybees.  After pollination, each individual flower stem slowly turns upright, until the whole cluster is erect.  Both the fresh flowers and dried seedpods make outstanding cut-flowers. The long strappy blue-green leaves twist in a spiral, and are a garlicky edible treat, traditionally ground up with salt, dried, then sprinkled on tomatoes or salads.  Moderate water, to 18” – 36” tall. Full sun. Hardy to zone 5.  Plant 6″ deep, 6″ apart.

Scilla siberica Spring Beauty
Scilla siberica Spring Beauty (blue)
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NEW! Tulipa Antoinette (Multi-flowering late)
This kaleidoscopic flower opens pale yellow, white and green, and turns yellow with raspberry petal edges, finally maturing to deep salmon-orange with a golden-yellow base above slightly variegated foliage. A beautiful multi-colored show! May. 16″. HZ: 3-8.
Tulipa Apeldoorn
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Tulipa_bakeri_Lilac_Wonder Tulipa bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ With its sunny yellow heart and lilac pink petals, the 6”-8” ‘Lilac Wonder’ makes a great companion to mid-spring daffodils like ‘Hawera’, ‘Quail’ and silver leafed plants like Lamb’s Ears, Alyssum oxycarpum, Partridge Feather and Teucrium cossonii ‘Silver Form’. A vigorous grower, it naturalizes well and is useful in xeriscapes as well as rock gardens and traditional bulb borders. Plant in full sun; Lilac Wonder likes to bake in the summer. Hardy to Zone 5.  Plant 5-8″ deep, 3-4″ apart.
Tulip Brown Sugar NEW! Tulipa Brown Sugar (Triumph)
This striking bicolor combines shades of warm cinnamon, bronze, plum, orange and rose-pink for a most unusual display. As they mature, the intriguing blooms deepen to a rich caramel color, with a sweet sugary fragrance to match. The sturdy stems of Tulip ‘Brown Sugar’ also give them excellent weather resistance. Blooming mid to late spring, its blossom is produced on top of a strong, tall stem. April/May, HZ 3-7.
Tulipa clusiana Tinka NEW! Tulipa clusiana Tinka
Tulipa Couleur Cardinal Tulipa ‘Couleur Cardinal’ Hardy to Zone 3, 12” tall, Plant 6” – 8” deep and 6” apart An heirloom variety of Single Early tulip (1845) Couleuer Cardinal is stunning in our Xeriscape Rock Garden in mid-April. The lustrous, cup-shaped, fragrant flowers are smoldering scarlet-red flushed with plum, and are held on strong stems that stand up to wind and rain. Plant amongst summer perennials that will gain height later in the season, such as sages and echinaceas. This variety has perennialized in our garden, and is also known as one of the best potting tulips for Easter.
Tulipa Golden Oxford
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A sport of the solid rose-red ‘Toronto’, this multi-flowering bloom is rosy-red with broad, creamy-yellow petal margins and a canary-yellow base. April/May. 14″. HZ: 3-7.

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Tulipa griegii ‘Red Riding Hood’
Hardy to Zone 3, 8” – 10” tall, Plant 6” – 8” deep and 6” apart
Greigii tulips are famous for their showy foliage, which is often dramatically mottled and streaked with deep purple or maroon markings, and their large, colorful blooms. Their short stature makes them perfect for the rock garden, front of the border, or forcing. The very popular ‘Red Riding Hood’ bears large, long-lasting vivid scarlet flowers with striking black bases in April-May. Blooms just after the Kaufmanniana tulips. This variety has perennialized well in our Xeriscape Rock Garden.
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t_gudoshnik NEW! Tulipa Gudoshnik (Giant Darwin Hybrid)
Meaning ‘artist’ in Russian, this magical award winner from the 1950’s will paint your garden variable shades of solid red to creamy- yellow. Mid-April to May. 24″. HZ: 3-7.
Havran  NEW! Tulipa Havran
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Tulipa ‘Little Beauty’
4”-6″ tall. Mid-Spring, hardy to Zone 4, plant 5-8″ deep, 3-4″ apart.
Rich red-pink flowers open wide to reveal shiny blue centers edged in white, and a lovely sweet scent. This hybrid species tulip is a rock garden and xeriscape treasure, and naturalizes vigorously to form charming, colorful colonies.  Plant in full sun in any well-drained soil in a location where soil will be very warm and fairly dry in summer.
Tulipa-Little Princess Tulipa ‘Little Princess’
4-6″ tall. Mid-spring bloom, Hardy to Zone 4, plant 5-8” deep, 3-4” apart.
A hybrid of two wildflower species, ‘Little Princess’ is a fragrant, multi-colored beauty of brilliant copper-orange with red veins and a black base outlined in bright yellow. The outside of the flower is a ripe melon color, with verdigris pencilling This striking, multi-stemmed hybrid has excellent vigor and blooms heavily in early May in a sunny, warm location that stays fairly dry in summer (xeriscape, rock garden or rock terrace is perfect). Plant a patch of dazzling spring color with ‘Little Princess’ and ‘Little Beauty’.
Tulipa Orange Queen
Tulipa praestans Van Tubergen’s Variety – Tubergens Gem NEW! Tulipa praestans Van Tubergen’s Variety – Tubergens Gem
t_rembrandt_s_favorite NEW! Tulipa Rembrandt’s Favorite (Triumph)
A gorgeous sport of Hans Anrud, this strong and sturdy bicolor is glistening snow-white with rich blueberry-purple flames. It looks like it’s straight out of a Dutch Master’s painting. April/May. 22″. HZ: 3-7.
Tulipa sylvestris The Woodland Tulip NEW! Tulipa sylvestris (‘The Woodland Tulip’)

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Tulipa kaufmanniana ‘Early Harvest’ ‘EARLY HARVEST’ WATERLILY TULIP
Early-mid spring, Hardy to Zone 3, 8” tall, Plant 6” to 8” deep and 6” apart.
Known as the ‘Waterlily Tulips’, Kaufmannianas have short stems and large flowers with slightly reflexed petals. The blooms resemble waterlilies when fully open (on sunny days) and are also notable for their ground-hugging, wind-resistant foliage, which is often mottled or striped. They can naturalize for years if left undisturbed in a good, well-drained spot. ‘Early Harvest’ is a knockout in our Xeriscape Rock Garden in April/May, where its brilliant orange-scarlet petals open to reveal a paler orange interior, feathered dark orange-scarlet with a yellow base.