Last week Jason at Gardeninacity and Christina at Myhesperidesgarden showed us some of their favourite tulips and I thought how useful it is to see what other people recommend. I am sure we will all be ordering Christina’s ‘ Burnt Sugar’ this year. So here are some of the ones I am enjoying this year.
Several people have admired the tulips in my header. The picture was taken at the wonderful garden of Ulting Wick near Maldon in Essex last year. You need a very deep pocket to come up with the sort of displays they have here.
But you can borrow some of their planting ideas. I love the combination of plants in the next picture. I think next year, I will grow these tulips which I think are ‘Snowstorm’, Queen of the Night’ and perhaps ‘Magic Lavender’. with aquilegias, grasses and camassias, although I haven’t got the nice green humps of Box as a background.
I like tulips growing amongst other plants and I copied my idea of growing them with Tellima grandiflora from Ulting Wick. I already had swathes of this stuff just waiting to be livened up with some lilifora and viridiflora tulips. So on a smaller scale I copied the huge drifts I saw at Ulting Wick.
I also love tulips with Lunaria annua ‘Alba variegata’. I showed you the combination with Tulipa viridiflora ‘Springwood Green’ recently but it also looks good with ‘Apricot Beauty’
I think tulips look wonderful with forgetmenots and I love the effect of pink tulips with the sky blue Mysotis.
I have to admit I have never actually planted any forgetmenots and these combinations are sheer serendipity.
I am very fond of fringed tulips and each year I get a few more.
I love ‘Curly Sue’ with ‘Negrita’, ‘Barcelona’ and ‘Queen of the Night’.
‘Queen of the Night’ is my favourite and I grow it everywhere. My other favourite is ‘Prinses Irene’. That is not a typo by the way, the tulip is named after Prinses Irene of Holland. I love how this tulip goes so well with bronze or brown foliage
Another pretty tulip for pots which is new to me this year is ‘Honky Tonk’.
This year for my dose of tulip envy I went to the wonderful Chenies Manor in Hertfordshire. This magnificent manor house was built in c.1480. The garden is a beautiful setting for a superb tulip collection.
My resources don’t allow such a wonderful tulip display as they have here, but as with Ulting Wick, I came away with some ideas to copy. I love the pure white forgetmenots with these white tulips and I shall be looking out for some seeds.
What really took my breath away at Chenies were the huge pots crammed full of tulips in rich sunset shades in the little courtyard. I am definitely going to copy this idea next year in the largest pot I can find.
If you would like to copy this too, the tulips are ‘Christmas Orange’, Annie Schilder’, Apricot Beauty’, Queen of the Night’, Monte Flame’ and ‘Jimmy’.
Which tulips have you been enjoying this year?