Tulips Originating in the foothills of Central Europe, tulips were brought to Western Europe in the 16th century and soon became synonymous with the Dutch culture and one of the world's most popular flowers. Tulips look best when grouped into larger sized garden plantings or pots and containers.
If roses compete with peonies for the title of garden queen, then the tulip certainly competes with the daffodil for garden king. Our collection is focused on floral display. We have brought in the best varieties to give show-power and pop to the garden helping to bridge the gap between early spring flowers and the first wave of garden perennials. While these tulips are hardy to zone 5, it may take a few years for them to establish themselves and begin forming clumps...if they ever do. We prefer to think of these beauties as annuals that may or may not return for another show.
Tulips are available for planting only in the fall. We will make our collection available once they arrive from the Netherlands and until we plant them out into our own fields. We encourage you to PRE-ORDER your tulips to guaranty your selections are held for you. We can ship them to you or you can pick them up from nursery.
Darwin Hybrid Tulips These tulips have some of the tallest stems and largest blooms amongst all tulip varieties. Excellent for naturalizing with sturdy stems, bright colors, and bursting blooms, Darwin Hybrid tulips are an excellent choice for home gardens. Blooms will typically close during the cooler nighttime temperatures and then open with the rising sun and can measure as much as 6 inches in diameter when fully open! Most varieties are early season bloomers. Darwin Hybrids are single flower cultivars originally developed by crossing Fosteriana and Single Late varieties.
Parrot Tulips With their ruffled and feathered petals, Parrot tulips are aptly named due to their noted resemblance to the wings of a parrot. These flowers are some of the most flamboyant tulip varieties out there, so much so that a green gardener may not even recognize these blooms as tulips! Developed from mutations, Parrot blooms will open playfully in the presence of sunlight and will often change colors as the flower matures. Most varieties are later season blooms with a few types being among the very last to flower. Heights are commonly average although Salmon Parrot can grow a bit taller and Irene Parrot will remain a bit shorter. If possible, we recommend planting these varieties under the cover of a large tree in northern climates – or other locations receiving heavy rainfall.
Triumph Tulips The largest grouping, Triumph tulips present a traditionally shaped tulip bloom available in nearly every color possible! These varieties grow a sturdy stem and make both an excellent garden bloom as well as a fresh cut flower with a long vase life. Blooms are mid sized and heights can vary from short to tall depending on the variety. Triumph tulips were first developed by crossing Single Early tulips with some later flowering varieties. A handful of varieties are said to be fragrant, although springtime RoozenGaarde visitors can't seem to agree one way or another on this!
Lily Flowering Tulips Unique among blooms, the Lily Flowering tulips are defined by their pointed petals. These flowers will close tightly during the cool evening temperatures but as the sun rises, their petals will begin to open dramatically as the weather warms – with some varieties appearing almost star shaped when viewed from above. The older varieties in the Lily Flowering grouping are century old and bear some resemblance to the original Turkish tulips while the newer varieties (Seattle and MoneyMaker) are some of the longest lasting blooms each spring at RoozenGaarde. These tulips look almost wild when planted in large garden plantings; they also make an elegant looking arrangement when used as fresh cut flowers.
Double Tulips A normal tulip has six petals while a Double tulip has at least twice that amount! These varieties are great for pots and containers as well as the border area of flower beds. Because of their full blooms, these tulips like sunny and pleasant weather or the protection provided by shade and cover – they do not fare as well when exposed to heavy rains or strong wind. Available in a variation of colors and petal shapes, Double tulips can be egg shaped, fringed, or have the appearance of the always popular peony flower. Bloom times will vary from early to late season with a few in the middle as well. Peony-flowered tulips belong to this group.
Fringed Tulips Appearing almost sharp to the touch, Fringed tulips are amongst the most unique varieties available – this grouping will surely bring forth the curiosity of those passing by. Relatively new to the lineup of world tulips, these varieties are increasing in popularity and tend to have a fairly long bloom life. The shorter types are good choices for forcing and pots, while all of the types add a nice bit of later season color to flower beds. Since the double + fringed blooms in this grouping will hold water between the petals and inside the flower, gardeners should look to plant them in protected or covered areas.
Single Early Tulips Single Early tulips get a head start on the spring and bring vibrant colors to any garden. These tulips grow shorter stems and produce mid sized flowers which allow them to hold up to the elements quite well. Their height and size also makes them a popular choice for border varieties with taller and later blooming tulips planted behind them. At RoozenGaarde we will often combine these varieties with muscari to make a strong and spectacular design with contrasting colors. Single Early tulips are an excellent choice for pots and containers.
Botanical Species Tulips The teeny tiniest of the tulips, Botanical Species varieties are believed to be some of the closest types to the original tulips found growing in Turkey. Blooms will remain closed tightly in bad weather only to open and play cheerfully to the light of the sun. A novelty amongst the rest of our offerings, these blooms almost appear to resemble wildflowers more so than tulips. Heavy rainfall can beat up the rather delicate petals of Botanical Species tulips, but Praestans Fusilier and Clusiana do stand out amongst the group in terms of their toughness.