The Best All-Round Tulips
Triumph Tulips are old-fashioned, dependable and versatile. Flowers are prized for their traditional tulip shape and silky texture, and for performing as well inside as out. Inside, they are probably the best tulips for forcing and their flowers will last weeks. Outside, their strong stems will stand up to strong winds, making them one of the best tulips for exposed sites.
Triumphs are very popular, and they make up the largest tulip class, with well over 1000 varieties. These include not only vivid reds and yellows, but also subtle pastels shades, stripes and streaks.
These are mid-height tulips (about 16"-22"/40-56cm), which flower in late April and early May at about the same time as Darwin Hybrid Tulips and Single Late Tulips, and just before Parrot Tulips, Lily Tulips, Peony Tulips (Double Late), Viridiflora and some Fringed Tulips (See Buying Tulip Bulbs).
Helmar is a scrumptious raspberry ripple and yellow tulip.
Height is 22" (55cm).
An unusual red tulip with hues of orange and pink.
Tulip Ronaldo makes a great prelude to the later and darker Tulip 'Queen of the Night'. It has dusted deep maroon slightly pointed petals and yellow stamens. Pastel-colored tulips make other good companions.
Tulip Ronaldo is quite short at 16" (40cm).
Dazzling and unusual, Tulip Gavota has dark burgundy flowers with golden frills. Buds are dramatic too when golden petal edges are piled up on top.
Height is about 16" to 18cm (40cm to 45cm).
Raspberry-ripple flowers in April make Tulip Zurel great for borders and for vases.
Tulip Zurel is sometimes called Rem's Favourite.
Satiny deep-red tulip with a lighter edging and a yellow center. Over time these colors fade into each other, providing a useful foil for hot oranges and reds.
Buds are neat and classically shaped.
Tulip White Dream
Popular large ivory tulip, which grows to 50cm (20").
Looks great with any April-flowering white Alliums, and with Erythronium dens-canis 'Snowflake' also white.
Tulip Ice Princess
A large but elegant ivory and cream tulip.
A striking Triumph Tulip with pink petals edged with white, bright red inner petals with a white and black center. Slight curly leaves are variegated, and height is 18" (45cm).
Tulip Couleur Cardinal
Unusual plum-flamed scarlet petals and sun-resistant color have made Tulip Coleur Cardinale a popular tulip for more than 150 years - it was created in 1845. It's a good choice for a mid-season red tulip display.
Height is 35cm (14").
Tulip 'Merry Widow'
Crimson tulips with white frills - a striking combination.
A drama unfolding, Tulip Salvo's raspberry and white buds open and fade into feathery pink and white to reveal a center of pink and white with brown stamens.
Stems are tall (18", 45cm) and wind resistant. Tulip Salvo is a wonderful tulip for a pastel spring garden.
Tulip 'Wendy Love'
Gorgeous pale yellow and soft pink tulip.
Height is 16" (40cm).
Tulip 'Grand Perfection'
Canary yellow and crimson buds bloom into softer cream and red flowers.
Height is 18"/45cm and flowers are big.