7 Beautiful Types of Tulips

Tulips are one of the most commonly seen flowers when spring comes. There are many different types of tulips that you may not know about, each them offering a variety of colors and styles. Below we are going to look at the different types of tulips and what they need to grow.

Types of Tulips 1 – Double

types of tulops

Double Tulips are long-lasting, and they look very similar to the double peonies. Early varieties of these types of tulips bloom with hyacinths, Muscari and daffodils. The earlier, shorter varieties also are great in planters, window boxes and pots, if you protect them from the freezing temperatures in the zones that are colder than 7.

  • Hardiness Zones – 3-8
  • Exposure Requirements – Full Sun
  • Height – 1-2’
  • Spacing – 4”
  • Depth – 7”
  • Water Requirements – Average
  • Maintenance Requirements – Low
  • Soil Types – Sand, Loam, Sand
  • Soil pH – Alkaline, Acid, Neutral
  • Soil Drainage Requirements – Well-drained
  • Landscaping – Beds & Borders, Containers, Edging, Patio

Types of Tulips 2 – Darwin Hybrids

These types of tulips produce flowers that have strong stems and are long-lasting. They’re great for cutting and come in many brilliant colors. They generally perform well for a few years, which make them very great perennials. They bloom in the middle of the season, together with all but really early daffodils. They’re weather and wind resistant.

•        Hardiness Zones – 3-8

•        Exposure Requirements – Full Sun

•        Height – 1-3’

•        Spacing – 4”

•        Depth – 7”

•        Water Requirements – Average

•        Maintenance Requirements – Low

•        Soil Types – Sand, Loam, Sand

•        Soil pH – Alkaline, Acid, Neutral

•        Soil Drainage Requirements – Well-drained

•        Landscaping – Beds & Borders, Containers, Edging, Patio

Types of Tulips 3 – Fosteriana

Fosteriana tulips have very long, large flowers that are in beautiful, rich colors. They’re very popular in Europe. However, they’re not as well known in the US. They’re great flowers to become familiar with, however, because they’re great for naturalizing and perennializing, along with forcing. They will bloom early with your daffodils, and they make a wonderful landscape since the oranges and warm yellows of the daffodils will harmonize well with these tulips’ hot colors. To create maximum contrast, try to underplant them with purple pansies or blue Muscari.

•        Hardiness Zones – 3-8

•        Exposure Requirements – Full Sun

•        Height – 10”-2’

•        Spacing – 4”

•        Depth – 7”

•        Water Requirements – Average

•        Maintenance Requirements – Low

•        Soil Types – Sand, Loam, Sand

•        Soil pH – Alkaline, Acid, Neutral

•        Soil Drainage Requirements – Well-drained

•        Landscaping – Beds & Borders, Containers, Edging, Patio

Types of Tulips 4 – Fringed

These multi-flowered tulips are lovely and unique looking.  These types of tulips are actually mutants from other kinds of tulips. Because of this, the flowering periods and heights are going to somewhat vary from flower to flower.

Hardiness Zones – 3-8

•        Exposure Requirements – Full Sun

•        Height – 1’-2’

•        Spacing – 4”

•        Depth – 7”

•        Water Requirements – Average

•        Maintenance Requirements – Low

•        Soil Types – Sand, Loam, Sand

•        Soil pH – Alkaline, Acid, Neutral

•        Soil Drainage Requirements – Well-drained

•        Landscaping – Beds & Borders, Containers, Edging, Patio

Types of Tulips 5 – Greigii

These tulips are reliably perennial with lovely purple-striped or purple mottled attractive foliage that appears before their flowers open. The foliage stays this way even once the flowers are gone. The flowers are chalice shaped, and they usually will open ride to reveal their interior colors. These tulips are exceptionally brilliant and much prized in the European countries for creating compact and vivid displays. These flowers bloom early-midseason, so they’re great companions for midseason Anemones, daffodils and hyacinths. These are great flowers for bedding.

•        Hardiness Zones – 3-8

•        Exposure Requirements – Full Sun

•        Height – 8”-1’

•        Spacing – 4”

•        Depth – 7”

•        Water Requirements – Average

•        Maintenance Requirements – Low

•        Soil Types – Sand, Loam, Sand

•        Soil pH – Alkaline, Acid, Neutral

•        Soil Drainage Requirements – Well-drained

•        Landscaping – Beds & Borders, Containers, Edging, Patio

Types of Tulips 6 – Kaufmannianas

These long-lived perennials are early bloomers, with both midseason and early daffodils. Most varieties flowers will open like water lilies or stars. Some of them have striped or mottled foliage. Because they’re compact growers, they’re good for border edges and rock gardens. They’re also good for window boxes, patio planters, and pots, though they have to be protected in the cold zones.

•        Hardiness Zones – 3-8

•        Exposure Requirements – Full Sun

•        Height – 6”-1’

•        Spacing – 4”

•        Depth – 7”

•        Water Requirements – Average

•        Maintenance Requirements – Low

•        Soil Types – Sand, Loam, Sand

•        Soil pH – Alkaline, Acid, Neutral

•        Soil Drainage Requirements – Well-drained

•        Landscaping – Beds & Borders, Containers, Edging, Patio

Types of Tulips 7 – Parrot

types of tulips

The blooms of Parrot tulips are feathery edged and are scalloped and fringed. These tulips make great cut flowers which will evoke many smiles. These beautiful flowers often are depicted in floral paintings from Europe. Because they’re really full and big, they’re going to need some protection from heavy rain and wind. Most of them are Triumph and Single Late mutations.

  • Hardiness Zones – 3-8
  • Exposure Requirements – Full Sun
  • Height – 1’-2’
  • Spacing – 4”
  • Depth – 7”
  • Water Requirements – Average
  • Maintenance Requirements – Low
  • Soil Types – Sand, Loam, Sand
  • Soil pH – Alkaline, Acid, Neutral
  • Soil Drainage Requirements – Well-drained
  • Landscaping – Beds & Borders, Containers, Edging, Patio

We hope that you enjoyed this look at seven different types of tulips. If you have any questions or would like to get a quote for any of our services, please contact us.

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