This time of year tulips seem to be the most prominent of the seasonal 'highlight' plants. I adore watching the stages, from emergence right through to final petal fall, after months of entertainment!! The dying foliage is not so great - so make sure you combine it with herbaceous perennials that emerge from slumber just as the tulips fade, so they help hide the tulip foliage..
|The green buds of this Rococo border on ugly, |
but fascinating all the same!!
|Then finally the big colour-up.|
|This is a lot darker in real life. Amazing depth of colour - darkest burgundy|
|Nothing beats bright red tulips amongst the spring greenery. They are a real accent point.|
|Seen here in combination with Heuchera Palace Purple.|
|And if you can bear picking them, they last AGES in a vase. |
The stalks contort to all sorts of shapes!